This morning I awoke to a nice surprise. My artist book Pine Lake was featured by Tomas de Teresa on his Spanish photobook review blog, Libro de Fotografia. How cool is that?!
Part of his review for Pine Lake:
Douglas Stockdale, el fotógrafo conocido por el blog The Photobook ha auto-publicado un nuevo trabajo llamado Pine Lake. Al igual que en su anterior libro, Ciociaraia, Douglas continúa estudiando el concepto del recuerdo, sólo que en esta ocasión utiliza un enfoque diferente.
Tomas has been a great supporter of my photographic work, previously posting a review of my book Ciociaria as well as setting a review of Ciociaria backed with Spanish guitar on YouTube. You should check this You Tube review out!
Part of his review for Ciociaria:
Ciociaria es una región en el centro de Italia que debe su nombre a un antiguo líder sándalo. De paisajes rocosos y montañosos no posee una historia conocida, algo que ha intrigado a Douglas y que le ha movido a realizar una investigación del lugar, fotograficamente hablando.
copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale.
I as I reflect on the development of my artist book Pine Lake, perhaps I was reacting to a very subliminal keepsake that I cherish. Sitting on my workstation for many years is this small fishing memento that my Dad has purchased a long time ago. I can remember this little fisherman sitting on my Dad’s work bench and at the moment, I can not recall when or where he purchase it. But I know that he treasured it, as it probably was his escape talisman, taking him back to his many fishing adventures. A wonderful little memento.
As you tell above, this is also one of the potential items that I was not going to be able to include in the Pine Lake artist book, but in a way, part of it was indeed included.
Ciociaria copyright 2011 Douglas Stockdale & published by Edizioni Punctum (Punctum Press)
I am really honored to be featured today on Matej Sitar’s Tumblr page The Angry Bat (The Angry Bat’s – nice photobooks) about my photobook Ciociaria. So check it out here. Thanks Matej!
I appreciate that Ciociaria, an earlier photobook that investigates memory and its preservation, is getting a little more Buzzzzzzz since the publication this year of my artist photobook Pine Lake. Nice.
Ciociaria is a hardcover book with dust jacket, four-color lithographic printing of the interior 50 color photographs, 96 pages without captions or page numbering. There is an essay by Marco Delogu and an afterword by me, both texts are provided in Italian and English.
That said, Matej Sitar joins the others who have discussed Ciociaria, including Aline Smithson (Lenscratch), Andrew Phelps (Buffet), Harvey Benge (Photograhy+art+ideas), Karen Jenkins in photo-eye Magazine and Tomás de Teresa on Libros de Fotografia (Spanish), who posted a video review of Ciociaria, set to Spanish guitar, on YouTube.
Best regards, Doug
Pine Lake copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale
Just a quick shout out that L’Ascenseur Vegetal, the web bookstore in France which is the European bookstore for Pine Lake has just posted their Pine Lake sales page here. Nice.
Claude Lemaire, the owner of L’Ascenseur Vegetal, was able to juggle posting this while preparing to drive up to Paris for Le PhotobookFest, at which Pine Lake as well as many other photobook titles will be available. (Thanks Claude!!) Claude has also arranged two full days of book signing events, so if you plan to be in Paris this week for Paris Photo or weekend to take in Le PhotobookFest, you need to check his schedule out.
Regretfully, I will not be in Paris for this event. sigh.
A very nice surprise this morning when I discovered that photobook reviewer Josef Chaladek has featured my artist photobook Pine Lake on his blog this morning. Very cool. So please check it out here!
Now I need to link this up on the side bar.
Winter Field copyright Douglas Stockdale & text copyright Brooks Jensen, publisher of LensWork magazine
Published on the blog LensWork Daily “Looking at Images“ by Brooks Jensen
This image comes from a portfolio that consists of photographs of roadside memorials and crosses, each a marker indicating a sad story. I love the way Stockdale has emphasized the emotion in this image by using so many compositional lines that are tilted. The cross itself is tilted, the shadow of the cross is tilted, there are tilted trees on the left side of the photograph that are leaning into the photograph. On the right hand edge of the photograph there is a vertical tree with a dominant branch that is leaning into the field and into the photograph. The weeds are tilted, the clouds are tilted, everything in this photograph is tilted giving us the emotional clue, the visual clue, of the impact that something is not right. In all of those tilted lines and tilted angles the things tell us that the emotional impact of this photograph is a little bit askew. That is to say, metaphorically speaking, the person whose story is represented by the cross has probably passed away prematurely. This was an accident; this wasn’t supposed to happen; this person is a relatively young person. (We can tell if we look at the details on the cross they were only 44 years old when that accident took their life.) All of these tilted lines tend to give us that emotional feeling.
Another aspect of this photographic that contributes to that are the animal tracks on the left-hand side of the photograph. I have to admit, I didn’t see those animal tracks at first, and when I mentioned it to Douglas Stockdale in my interview with him he was not particularly conscious of them either. He knew they were there, but the importance of them in the photograph is so subtle. They are the traits of life no longer visible and that is the metaphor of the entire photograph – life no longer visible. And, of course, that same metaphor exists in the stalks of the winter weeds. All of this contributes to reinforcing the feeling that we get from the primary subject in the center of this photograph.
Winter Field was one of the photographs published in LensWork (magazine) issue #74, January – February 2008 as part of my portfolio In Passing. Subsequently In Passing self-published 2008 as hardcover book with Blurb, now out of print.
Continuing to evaluate this photograph in a broader context as a part of my project Lest I Forget
Pine Lake, As Issued, Costa Mesa, CA copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale
One of the fun and interesting aspects of publishing Pine Lake has been a reason to initiate another round of discussions with book store owners. Recently I met with DJ, the owner of As Issued, which is located in The LAB on Bristol in Costa Mesa, CA, to show and discuss Pine Lake as well as my earlier photobook Ciociaria.
I am very happy to announce that As Issued will be one of the first art bookstores to sell Pine Lake, and probably the only location on the West (Left) coast. Pine Lake will be available shortly on the East Coast at Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY.
In addition, As Issued is selling both the trade edition of Ciociaria, as well as the Ciociaria Limited Edition book + print set that I self-published in 2012, both of which are now on their bookshelves. very nice.
So for those in Southern California, go check them out, along with their other cool and interesting books. As Issued and DJ were recently featured in the Register‘s OC Magazine in their article “The Curator of Cool“.
Ciociaria on display, As Issued
Pine Lake copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale self-published artist photobook
At the end of last week, as I stated here, it was pointed out to me that I had some prime real estate available on the interior of my custom frame cover. A very nice place to include an introduction. I had drafted the introduction, but due to some printer issues, printing the covers was delayed. thank goodness.
So now after a couple of more editorial tweaks, I have finalized the introduction and subseqeuntly printed the custom frame covers, which now reads as follows:
Pine Lake is a semi-fictional story about a multi-generational American rite of summer. This is a visual narrative about a men’s weekend away, a fishing trip.
The concept for this book crystallized when I found photographs of my grandfather fishing somewhere on a lake in Pennsylvania. I found another small photograph of him standing beside my dad holding their fishing trophies in my Grandfather’s back yard. I can only speculate as to who actually took the back yard photograph, perhaps my grandmother or maybe my mom. While looking through my family archive for more photographs my grandfather fishing I found a faded photograph of my Great Grandfather, probably somewhere in Pennsylvania, holding his fishing catch. Until that point in time, I had not been aware of my grandparent’s keen interest in fishing. Thus my worn and faded photographs became symbols for the remaining bits and fragments of my family memories. This is an investigation of what might have been.
Pine Lake is a continuation in my series that explores memory and its preservation.
A very nice addition to this artist photobook :- D
Pine Lake copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale self-published artist book
I am very thrilled to announce the publication of my hand made artist book Pine Lake. It is a semi-fictional narrative about a multi-generational summer rite.
I recently discovered some family photographs of my grandfathers fishing, a passion of which was unknown to me. These small, worn photographs are talismans for the lost memories and stories of my family and led me to created this artist book to tell a story of what might have been. This artist book is part of my on-going series that investigates memory and its preservation.
It is presented in a style reminiscent of a promotional processing book common in the 1960′s produced by Kodak and Ansco, which could be purchase with the film processing order. The book is accompanied by a small collection of preserved ephemera.
Pine Lake is produced in a Limited Edition of 25, with a price of $150.00 USD per book. (price was increased 12/01/13)
The stiff cover book contains 17 black & white photographs (34 pages) with a printed and hand inscribed cover, hand assembled with metal prong binding, and contained inside a hand inscribed poly zip-lock bag with three pieces of ephemera; fishing stamp, fishing notice & a section of fishing line with small weight. The book and ephemera are housed in a custom made wood frame with a printed cover and an elastic band closure.
Exterior size is 8 1/2″ x 10″ x 7/16″ (210 mm x 250mm x 100mm)
The photographic images are anonymous and are from my private collection.
Note: price per book was increase to $150 on 12/01/2013 as edition is selling out.
Untitled (fishing notice, Pennsylvania, Pine Lake) copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale
While I was looking for fishing license and other fishing ephemera for my Pine Lake artist book as I was discussing yesterday with the Michigan fishing stamp, I kept having this particular Pennsylvania fishing notice, above, pop-up in my searches. hmmm, besides being very humorous, I was starting to guess that there must be a reason that this would keep appearing.
At this time in Pennsylvania, they had a pretty clear message, if you do WANT GOOD FISHING? OBEY THE LAW! For some reason having that part of the text in all caps with the exclamation mark, I think that they were really trying to make a point, eh? I am betting that the fishing warrens were not fooling around and if they found some rascal not following the law, they would get their butt through into jail.
So after I kept bumping into this fishing notice, it seemed apparent to me that this was a must-inclusion into my project. Thus everyone will get their own copy of this endearing fishing notice with their purchase of this artist book.