Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

July 23, 2009

Chinese Picture Postcards – cover

Filed under: Books, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 8:42 pm

JL032_JiaShan_waterway_boatmanJiaShan boatman, 2008 copyright of Douglas Stockdale

While I was working my way through the first edit of my photographs for the Chinese Picture Postcardsproject, this one photograph just jumped at me as the image that could be my potential photobook cover.

The project is a series of dyptichs, one of which will be a classic China photograph that you might purchase a post card of,  in order to send home to create envy or perhaps as trigger for a fond memory. The second photograph of the pair will be the reality photograph, about the change and upheaval I experienced within China.

And for me,  this photograph incorporates both of those elements. The old Chinese village with a picturesq boatsman paddling out to his destination on the river, but on the opposite banks, a row of modern, dense housing, which has risen on top of the old village hutong.

And this is starting to look like it could be a rather large book.

Best regards, Doug


  1. That a great shot,reminds me of Thailand when I was there.


    Comment by Maurice — July 25, 2009 @ 1:12 am

  2. Perfect choice. This was my favorite from the beginning. Exciting stuff you are up to.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 28, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

  3. Thanks, It helped for me to define this project (some journaling to collect & focus my intentions), then it just seemed so obvious to me that this one image incorporated the two basic elements of this project. nice.

    Comment by Doug Stockdale — July 28, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

  4. Can’t tell you how much I love this image. The mood and feel is just incredible. What an incredible moment. Congratulations.

    Comment by Bob Towery — August 3, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  5. This image evoked such pleasant memories in me… of travel to China and Thailand! Love it… And I wondered too if I’d seen your photos displayed at Laguna Beach Art A Fair? Or is my memory foggy about that…?

    Comment by Kas Sartori — August 20, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

  6. Kas, thanks for the nice comment, and although I live in South O.C., I have not displayed my photographs at the Laguna Beach Art Festival.

    Comment by Doug Stockdale — August 20, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

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