Book Cover Comp – What the Font?

I am currently in the midst of finalizing my book concept for Instant Nomad, my investigation of travel and anxiety, as I mentioned in my last post about testing photographs in my book-dummy. I have had some ideas of what my book cover might look like, but now realize that it was time to get... Continue Reading →

Instant Nomad – book dummy development

Instant Nomad #3779 copyright Douglas Stockdale The book-dummy for my Instant Nomad series is now into the next phase; testing various images to determine how to strength my narrative about travel and anxiety. Last week I was discussing and evaluating various staged photographs that I had created. I have considered using the photo above, which... Continue Reading →

May the 4th be with You!

Caustic Networks #0479 copyright Douglas Stockdale 2021 In a Galaxy Far, Far Away... Okay, who might not be a Star Wars fan? When I experience my first Star Wars movie long, long ago, I was hooked. I am old enough that this was also the very first release of the very first Star Wars movie... Continue Reading →

Shutter Speed experimentation

As I announced last week in conjunction with my purchase of a 55mm extension tube for my Hasselblad, its's spring, plants are starting to bloom and that it's also Memory Pods time of year again. While discussing this project during my artist talk in March in conjunction with the exhibition of this body of work... Continue Reading →

Nude Descending a Staircase (after de Kooning)

I was making a personal transition with my artwork from the literal to something less literal, deviling into abstraction when I became aware of Marcel Ducamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, which I found fascinating. It was from that artwork that I started to study the Abstract Expressionist, first Arshile Gorky then Willem de... Continue Reading →

The Staged Photograph

Instant Nomad #2548, copyright Douglas Stockdale A recent call for photographs by the SouthEast Center for Photography in which the theme was The Staged Photograph triggered a recall of the photographs I had created for my series Instant Nomad. This is one of those projects that I have thought about on and off for a... Continue Reading →

Hasselblad 55 extension tube

Spring is here and it is time for me to start my eighth season working on my Memory Pods series, especially since my back yard Aloe Vera subjects are sprouting their bloom stalks (see below). In 2016 I had acquired a 32-E extension tube (32mm) for my Hasselblad with the 120mm Makro lens. After using... Continue Reading →

illogical lessons of Anna Karaulova

When I shared my previous article about lessons learned from my book workshop, Liz Vaughn commented on my social media shout-out: "For me, having been a graphic designer, the straightening and improving habit is ingrained". Her comment really resonated with me and provided some wonderful food for thought; due to my training and work experience... Continue Reading →

Southeast Center for Photography – Flora

I am very delighted to have my artwork Inspired from my Memory Pods series juried into the Southeast Center for Photography's thematic exhibition Flora by Wendi Schneider. This is a really a very nice validation of this particular artwork, which was recently featured in my solo exhibition of the Memory Pods series at The Photographic... Continue Reading →

Learning from my own workshop

During each step of my recent book development workshop over the four days, I began to apply what we were discussing to a specific photographic series that I had made while in China. I have been grappling with this body of work for the past ten plus years. While providing a critique of the participants... Continue Reading →

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