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March 18, 2019

Voyage LA interview: Art & Life with Douglas Stockdale

Filed under: Art, Art Market, Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Douglas Stockdale @ 5:34 pm

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untitled, Memory Pods copyright Douglas Stockdale

I am very excited and honored to announce that my interview with Voyage LA, Art & Life with Douglas Stockdale was published today. Voyage LA is an on-line magazine that collects and focuses on the people, events and places in Southern California that investigate this expansive and interesting community.

The Memory Pods image above which was posted on Instagram (@douglasstockdale) was what first attracted their attention. They had initially reposted this image on their IG and then featured the same image in another section of Voyage LA last month. Subsequently they contacted me about a potential expanded interview about my artistic practice. Why of course!

Thus I am very happy to share the resulting interview which is also another opportunity to promote my Memory Pods project. Yes, I had other plans for the morning, but as you might imagine, announcing this wonderful interview jumped to the top of my to-do list.

So check out the interview and let me know if you have any questions,

Cheers!

Doug

Btw, I was just notified that there is still one spot remaining for my book development workshop with Medium Photo for this coming weekend in San Diego. So if you were still on the bubble for attending this, still one opportunity!

February 14, 2019

Memory Pods featured today on VoyageLA.com

Filed under: Art, Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Douglas Stockdale @ 8:40 pm

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Untitled (Memory Pods) 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I am very honored that VoyageLA.com, a local Southern on-line magazine that features LA’s Most Inspiring Stories, posted a shout-out about my recent Instagram post for my Memory Pods project. I was featured in the section for An Artistic Voyage (Exploring Local Creative and Artist Works); as now Trending (it’s at the end of the list). Very cool!

Join me on Instagram and follow along @douglasstockdale.com

The featured image, above, investigates the end of the aging process. The memory pods are gone. There is a mess of tangles, a trait usually associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Darkness is closing in and symbolically the memories for the individual appear lost. As a result, these individuals are lost to us even though their outer physical form may not appear that different. This is similar to Ghosts, which I had discussed earlier.

I appreciate the growing interest in this project.

Cheers!

Doug

January 16, 2019

Winter Seascapes – January 2019

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , , — Douglas Stockdale @ 6:53 pm

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San Clement North Beach, January 2019 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Being an old school landscape photographer, I am probably also a bit of a romantic, thus I find that I cannot ignore a potential sublime landscape image when the opportunity arises. While dropping off Ella at the San Clemente train station (yes, the train station is literally right on the beach!), I could not help noting the lyrical storm cloud formation in the distance over the Pacific Ocean. Indeed heavy rain was looming in clear sight.

This storm also created some interesting shore break for the surf, thus I took a number of exposures trying to capture something interesting for the foreground to complete this composition. Since it was an early low light condition and using my mobile phone, there was a slight shutter delay, so I had to anticipate the rolling surf conditions. It did not help that with three small surf sets occurring that I was trying to capture something visually interesting with each one breaks. Just part of the fun playing with chance and serendipity.

So a modern seascape black and white image that I allowed to go full-frame that results from the Samsung S5 capture, versus cropping to a traditional 16×20 format.

I have included the color version below, cropped for Instagram (@douglasstockdale), that I posted earlier today. Slightly different visual effect, perhaps a bit more dramatic cloud and surf combination due to the tighter cropping. The color is a bit off due to the early morning lighting conditions with the pending storm. In Photoshop I found that I can color-correct these colors, but I rather enjoy this strange color combination. With this slightly greenish cast, it also appears to me to be a bit more eerie looking, so a small dash of mystery to change things up.

Cheers!

Doug

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September 10, 2018

Mystery on the Plano Trabuco – new project

Filed under: Art, Photobook, Photography, Projects/Series, Trabuco Flats Mystery — Tags: , , — Douglas Stockdale @ 10:23 pm

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Suspicious circumstances, site #5, 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Okay, this has been a crazy two weeks. Which has provided me with an unexpected new project with the working title of Mystery on the Plano Trabuco. So how in the heck did this all happen?

With the publication of my recent limited edition artist book, Middle Ground, I was at a bit of a cross roads as to which of the other two projects that I already had in the works to take forward. For my Memory Pods project, the plant cycle was finished for this year, so I was not concerned about creating more photographs for that project. Tara Wray had expressed an interest in this body of work for her TooTired project, so I had begun to edit Memory Pods body of work as I have not spent much time due to the publication of Middle Ground.

Meanwhile, I planned to continue poking around the local area with my cameras for the Gardening for Ordnance project. Accumulating and expanding on that project’s body of work. While poking around in the local park, I came across something that in retrospect the O.C. Sheriff’s office calls “suspicious circumstances”, but when I met with a bunch of the Sheriff officers to inspect what I found (first reported here); they stated that it looked like an old, collapsed shallow grave. Good grief! Since I was not a photo-journalist, my initial thoughts were to make some quick survey photographs and then move on.

At this same time I was writing a review of Julia Borissova’s limited edition book for The PhotoBook Journal and recalled her earlier limited edition book Dimitry, about mysterious circumstances surrounding her Russian subject and subsequent stories. hmmmm, inspiration hit; why not create something similar about what I had recently found? It was a brand new mystery to be investigated!

When I returned to check out what the Sheriff’s office did to close their case at this site and take some additional photographs, I then found another SIX sites similar to the first. Yikes! So I reported this event last weekend, here. Since then, I have completed some research about cadaver dogs that were used to sniff out the area; apparently these skilled dogs can find human burial sites that are really, really old, perhaps 200 years old. So appears that these might not be human burial graves as the reason for digging these mysterious sites. Actually that’s a bit of relief.

Nevertheless, still very much a mystery. And now I have a new project. So next to start working on an artist statement, pre-visualiztion of the new artist book design, back to take more photographs and tweaking the resulting images. I am currently posting some potential images on Instagram (@douglasstockdale) under this project name.

Cheers!

January 22, 2018

Black & White Challenge; day four and weird beach creatures

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Douglas Stockdale @ 7:54 pm

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Beach Study, Crystal Cove State Park, December* 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

While working on my next beach study for my black & white challenge, I started to see something interesting in the abstract shapes. Somewhat like finding faces or animals in the cloud formations. When I did a 180 degree inversion of the image, I realized I had found a very weird beach creature, or potentially two, perhaps with one riding the other, lurking in the sand. It will be interesting to find out if others see what I see in the comments, especially since I am not to provide any explanation with my Facebook post.

I love this aspect of serendipity when I experiment and play with my images! I don’t think that I will start looking for more of these, but I will sure will be more open to looking at what I find on the sand. Could make walking the beach all that more fun, as if walking on the ocean beach was not already a ton of fun.

Also a note for fellow photographers; one aspect that might have made this composition easier to work with is that the day was foggy and overcast, thus an indirect flat light without strong shadows to contend with.

Please join me on Tumblr: @douglasstockdale & Twitter: @Doug_Stockdale, and of course, Instagram @douglasstockdale

* Limited time print offer: a 7 x 7″ black & white print is available for 24 hours after this post for a special price of $150 USD plus shipping. This black & white print size regularly sells for $300 USD. Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matte (305 gsm), paper size is 8-1/2 x 11″, Edition size of 10 and the print will be signed and numbered in pencil. email me: doug@douglasstockdale.com for details.

Cheers!

January 21, 2018

Black & White Challenge: Day three & on the beach

Filed under: Photography — Tags: — Douglas Stockdale @ 4:23 pm

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Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, December* 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

This seaweed and sand composition is the day three post for my Facebook black & white challenge. On my Instagram (@douglasstockdale) and Facebook post, I provided no explanation, and of course, no people are in this photograph.

As you might suspect by now, I find these serendipitous and random found compositions on the beach to be very interesting. These compositions are constantly evolving by how the surf re-structures the sand and the seaweed, so with each new wave, a new variation. A combination of found art that has recognizable content, while the form, lines, shape and mass have some abstract qualities. My role is to determine the framing and then create the subsequent values. I can relate these compositions to the artistic work of Franz Kline, the Abstract Expressionist painter, although the photograph above is more delicate than Kline’s heavy graphic work.

Please join me on Tumblr: @douglasstockdale

* Limited time print offer: a 7 x 7″ black & white print is available for 24 hours after this post for a special price of $150 USD plus shipping. This black & white print size regularly sells for $300 USD. Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matte (305 gsm), paper size is 8-1/2 x 11″, Edition size of 10 and the print will be signed and numbered in pencil. email me: doug@douglasstockdale.com

Cheers!

January 16, 2018

Walking were it might be “Hazardous”

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Signage, Arroyo Trabuco trail, January* 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

While walking the Arroyo Trabuco trail I have noticed a number of really deteriorated signs with a wire mesh that appeared to have covered the missing signage. All of these were in really bad condition, thus I could only speculate what was there. This seemed to provide some visual opportunities to leverage these ambiguous situations to my own advantage.

Yesterday I noted one such sign lurking in the shadows of a couple of large bushes. After investigating I found that this posted sign was in the best condition of any of these, but still a very major challenge reading the extremely faded text. This is the first sign I have found where the wire mesh to protect the signage appears still in tact. I had hoped that my close-up and conversion to black & white in Photoshop might tease out the text a little better. Nope. Since this was photographed with my mobile phone, I will try again with the Canon 5DMk3 and when it’s fixed, I do plan to re-shoot this composition with the Hasselblad & color film.

In retrospect, my previous post of the UXO signage was perhaps a little too photo-documentary and did not garner much interest as a singular image. This photo may still work in the context of a book, so still in consideration.

Nevertheless, the resulting image is still great, I love that it has some slight hints as to the text while remaining very ambiguous, perhaps even a bit abstract. This potential image is diffidently on my list for Gardening for Ordnance project. I also think it is a great candidate for the 120mm Makro with the Hasselblad, so more about how that turns out for another day.

Btw, from what I could read: Keep Out Hazardous Area. Found adjacent to the Plano Trabuco Practice Bombing range (active: WWII and Korean War).

Please join me on Instagram: @douglasstockdale

* Limited time print offer: a 7 x 7″ black & white print is available for 24 hours after this post for a special price of $150 USD plus shipping. This print size regularly sells for $300 USD. Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matte (305 gsm), paper size is 8-1/2 x 11″, Edition size of 10 and the print will be signed and numbered in pencil.

Cheers!

January 13, 2018

Beach walk & staying heart healthy

Filed under: Path to Somewhere, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Douglas Stockdale @ 9:37 pm

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Beach walk, Crystal Cove State Park beach, December 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I will have to admit that one of the great things about living in Southern California is that you are usually not that far from the Pacific Ocean beach and living in south Orange County, the beach is a 15 to 20 minute drive. And there are a lot of access points.

For the most part the beach is pretty flat and an easy walk, unless you need to come down from the bluffs (and worse, walk up the bluffs after a hour or two of walking the beach) similar to most of Crystal Cove State Park (CA). One way to change your walking and exertion experience, depending on the beach, is to either walk the firmer sand at the edge of the surf or the soft, sandy beach that is beyond the surf line.

As to heart health; one thing I am trying to do in order to reduce my blood pressure is to be a lot more careful with the amount of salt (sodium) that I am eating. So I have become one of the those label readers you see more often at the supermarket doing the side by side comparisons. A bit of a surprise as I check the labels of some of my favorite things and find myself looking for lower sodium alternatives! Not sure that it has made an immediate difference yet, but every little bit helps and I think will eventually make a long term difference in lowering my blood pressure. Nice!

Btw, immediate comment on Instagram (@douglasstockdale) when I posted the above photo this morning was someone enjoying the “minimalistic image”. I like that aspect of this photograph.

cheers!

January 11, 2018

Social Media updates for the New Year

Filed under: Art Market, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Douglas Stockdale @ 11:06 pm

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Crystal Cove, bikes, December 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

For my 2018 New Years resolution as well as one of my goals for the year was to try to improve my social media presence. Specifically this goal is for my personal artist projects and I will be doing something similar to broaden the presence of The PhotoBook Journal.

To date, I joined Facebook about 2009, LinkedIn (for photograph) about 2012, started Instagram in 2015 and Twitter in 2017 (mostly some political commentary). Okay, so maybe for social media I am not the trend setter, but hey, I am an old dog still wanting to learn new tricks. For this year, I have just added Tumblr account.

In conjunction with the social media accounts, I am also going to try to add content a bit more frequently, which I hope might increase the number of followers. To be transparent, my self-serving reason is to help with my book sales and if I get my act together, maybe even some print sales.

Also appears that each of these social media channels have their pluses and minus, so here is what I will try to do with each;

Singular Images (this blog) this is where content appears to stay available for the longest duration and is a place that where content will be picked up on internet searches for years to come. So longer & information articles, such as this, will be posted here.

Facebook, here. These posts are fleeting, but where I have probably the largest number of followers and also share posts with LACP, SoCal PhotoExchange was well as various photobook groups.

Instagram (@douglasstockdale) Very photographic oriented site and fleeting posts, but seems ideal for publishing my singular images.

Tumblr (@douglasstockdale) New to me, a blog type layout, so I will have to see how this develops. Currently will post singular photographic images to determine what type of traction I get while learning the ropes. Never the less, what others have told me is that the content is not censored on this site, which probably means that Tumblr is more tolerant of nude studies than the others.

Twitter (@Doug_Stockdale) Will start posting singular photographic images to determine what type of traction I get while learning the ropes.

LinkedIn (@douglas-stockdale) I have not been overly impressed with this venue but I have also not been that active, so I will start posting more singular photographic images to determine what type of traction I get while learning the ropes related to photography. Also a site that I have the second most followers, but when I do post, I do not get that much response, but maybe related to a lack of posting.

So if these are venues you are already using, please invite or join me or what ever it is you are suppose to do to help me become part of the larger community.

Cheers!

Btw, after blogging for ten years on Singular Images, I think that this might be a relevant social media venue to maintain, so I have upgraded it to eliminate the pesky ads that clutter the posts. Now I need to sell a print (or two) to cover my investment, so let me know if there has been an image you have enjoyed and lets see if we can work out a deal.

November 28, 2017

Hawaiian Thanksgiving

Filed under: Photography — Tags: , — Douglas Stockdale @ 6:04 pm

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Hawaiian Bananas, Waimea, 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

For the Thanksgiving week we went to the Big Island of Hawaii, which was the first time that I have been on this Hawaiian island as we normally end up on Maui. And I can now attest, there are lots and lots of lava fields.

Also meant that I took a small vacation from blogging, both here and The PhotoBook Journal, although Gerry continued to add book reviews to TPBJ (yeah!). I did post to Instagram (@douglasstockdale) and follow Facebook, sharing a few of my Instagram posts on Facebook. I was a bit surprised at the response to my bananas photo above, which had double the response of my other photographs. Also a bit different for me as I have a tendency to defer to the mid-foreground landscapes photographs. Nevertheless, this photograph seemed to resonate with a bunch (pun intended) folks.

We had driven to Waimea to have Thanksgiving with Dana, a friend of my daughters, who is living on a small sheep farm. Quite surprised to see the banana trees ground around her house, which she says that frequently do not get picked, just toooo many. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the shapes and forms of these hanging on the tree. It did help too much that Waimea is on the rainy side of the island and it drizzled the entire day, so the lighting was a bit soft. After taking the photo, I did some modifications in SnapSeed and I think the visual results were interesting.

So after our return, I spent most of a day downloading all of the photographs, more of which I will be sharing soon. Meanwhile, I have a few posts to do for TPBJ, one of which is a selection by Gerry and me for the More Interesting PhotoBooks for 2017.

Also a bit bothered by a recent forced Windows update which has slightly stretched the things on my monitor and that I have not been able to correct. I think it is all part of the evil MS plan to force me to buy an iMac Pro. Well it’s working….

I hope you all had a wonderful American Thanksgiving holiday! The funny part of our Thanksgiving dinner is that Dana had not cooked a turkey before, so before we arrived, she had cooked one to make sure she knew how. So our dinner was a wonderful success, including the purple mashed potatoes. We also had a lot to give thanks for.

Cheers!

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