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New Member: Hello From Rick Doble, Experimental Digital Photographer

I am new to HASTAC so let me introduce myself. My name is Rick Doble. I live near the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the USA. I have been experimenting with digital photography since 1998 after having spent 30 years before that with film photography. I have written a book on the subject: Experimental Digital Photography (Lark Books/Sterling Publishing, New York/London, 2010) now in its second printing. See my bios for more information.

Yet although I am a photographer, I have also been a writer for the same number of years and have written a number of articles, essays, reviews and books about the relationship between experimental photography and the western tradition in art and science (see my profile). I have found that I cannot separate my thinking and writing about my art from my art. Often my artistic work leads to new thoughts and in turn my ideas in my writing often lead to new art. I also write poetry, short stories and plays.


My digital photography is hard to categorise:
It lies at the intersection of
== art & science (e.g., structured experimental methods for exploration)
== photography & painting (e.g., Futurism, Cubism, Abstraction)
== space & time (e.g., the 4th dimension of time [Einstein])
== craft & self-expression (individual ways of moving the camera during a slow shutter speed exposure)
== abstraction & figurativism (e.g., similar to the later work of Matisse, Picasso, de Stael)
== pre-computer & contemporary digital (my imagery developed out of my work with film and later with my unique 'computer photography' that I created with my own software programs before digital photography)
NOTE: My effects with my digital photography are all photographic and not software special effects. I wanted to explore what the camera could record of the real world.

Self portrait - experimental digital photography

Rick Doble - self portrait. Self portraiture has a long history in painting. Virtually every painter did one or several -- and some like Rembrandt produced an entire body of work in that genre. However, few photographers have followed this tradition. This should all change with digital photography as the instant feedback of the LCD monitor makes spontaneous or carefully constructed photos now possible.

In the next months I will write blog posts here at HASTAC about my experimental methods, about the relationship between my photography and Italian Futurism and other painting movements, about realism and self expression that can be captured and combined in the same photograph, about abstraction and figurativism and how it relates to the western tradition in art and also how this experimental photography intersects with science -- and more.

I welcome ideas, comments, networking and collaboration with other members of HASTAC. I would like to work with others who are exploring  similar or related ideas and see where it takes us. Feel free to contact me and we can brain storm together.

Spontaneous and skillful photographs of figures can now be captured with the digital camera -- and fulfill a main goal of the Italian Futurist movement of 100 years ago, i.e., to depict the human body in continuous movement over time. Candid photo of my wife at a motel (Rick Doble).



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