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October 17, 2013

Pine Lake at As Issued – Costa Mesa, CA

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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“.

Cheers!

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Ciociaria on display, As Issued

 

October 8, 2013

Pine Lake – Introduction

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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

Cheers!

October 4, 2013

Pine Lake – final design evolution

Filed under: Art, Books, Photography, Pine Lake - artist book, Projects/Series — Doug Stockdale @ 6:49 pm

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Untitled (Pine Lake introductory text, proof, for inside cover of custom wood frame) copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale

Serendipity, Fate, Karma, Holy Spirit; many names for what happens or intercedes and allows some interesting events to occur that has nice consequences. What follows is a short story that has resulted in a last minute and well timed addition to my artist photobook Pine Lake.

Let me start with what was suppose to happen: I would be finishing and hand assembling the full edition of Pine Lake for the book launch this week. Instead, I needed some minor foot surgery at the beginning of the week which side-lined me with a bum toe (referred to at times as Mr. Bum-toe). So the final printing of the covers was delayed.

I was to meet with DJ Jazeyeri, who owns As Issued, a fine art bookstore located in Costa Mesa at The LAB,  this week about carrying Pine Lake. So instead of bringing him an edition copy, I still only had the book dummy to show him. He decided to carry Pine Lake, as well as a signed trade edition of Ciociaria and my self-published Ciociaria Limited Edition Book + Print. cool! Then DJ asked if some introductory text for Pine Lake could be included and after a discussion, suggested that there was a great blank spot on the inside of the flap of the custom wood frame. Very interesting and a potential that I had missed. I luv this kind of collaboration!

Hmmmmm. Since I had not printed and glued the top covers on the wood frames yet, this was a possibility, so I began to think about what short introductory essay to include. A draw back was the fact that I had already announced what Pine Lake looked like and I had been accepting orders.

All the while I have been doing therapeutic soaking three times per day of my bum toe and to help pass the time I have been reading Trolleyogy, a biography of the late Gigi Giannuzzi who founded the exceptional photobook publishing company Trolley Books. I just read an excerpt where Gigi was not above stopping the printing presses when he was inspired to tweak some changes that would make the resulting book even better as to the intended vision. Well, duh, then so can I. So I hope that those who have ordered Pine Lake will not be troubled by my creative inspirational changes and the inclusion of a short introduction.

The added introductory text on the interior wood frame cover will read:

Pine Lake is a semi-fictional story about a multi-generational American rite of summer. This hand-made artist photobook utilizes photographs presented serially as would family snapshots captured during a fishing trip.

The concept for this book crystallized when I found photographs of my grandfather fishing somewhere on a lake in Pennsylvania. Then 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 photograph, perhaps my grandmother or 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 then, I had not been aware of my grandparent’s interest in fishing.  Thus my worn and faded photographs became symbols for the remaining bits and fragments of my family memories. I created this story about what might have been.

Pine Lake is a continuation in my series that explores memory and its preservation.

Cheers!

Postscript: After initially posting this, I encountered some formatting issues with my wide format printer, which was fortunate as it allowed me the necessary time to re-read the introduction. And it became apparent to me that I needed to edit the text further, which is now reflected in the current version above.

October 2, 2013

Douglas Stockdale – Pine Lake

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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.

Cheers!

Note: price increase to $250 on 2/01/2014 as edition is almost sold out.

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October 1, 2013

Misadventures of Mr. Bum-toe

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Doug Stockdale @ 11:53 pm

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Untitled (Mr. Bum-toe buys some new tires) copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale

So when I get poked by the fickle finger of fate, I try to make the most of it.

About a week ago, I kinda bashed my big toe, what I call getting the big-owie. I was already having some issues with this toe, so when I visited the foot doctor, she went right to the point, that toe-nail has to come off real soon. Okay, that occurred yesterday morning. Just when I wanted to finish producing the first five of the twenty-five Pine Lake artist books. After the short surgical procedure, it was time to put the foot up and come up with plan B. Especially as the feeling started to come back into my toe after the numbing was waring off. Yikes!

This meant a small delay in my publishing date, but I am only talking a week at the most. In my day job, I do a lot of program management, so I set dates and then try to meet them. We all kinda follow the adage; “Make Plan or Die!” So today, I am theoretically a dead man. sigh.

The great news is that I also wear an artist hat, which is basically, “what the F*** do you mean that there is a deadline?” So my artistic spirit is still alive and thriving!!

Which leads to the Misadventures of Mr. Bum-toe. For at least the next two of weeks I need to soak and dress my surgical “wound” three or more times per day. And keep off my feet for the next couple of days, with my bum toe up. And since I could not work on Pine Lake for the next couple of days, what could I do? I made a brilliant observation (fancy name for a brain-fart) that now everywhere I go, Mr. Bum-toe is there tooo.

So today, we have Mr. Bum-toe purchasing much needed tires for the SUV. The tread was getting thin for the up and coming rainy season (those two weeks of drizzle) here in Southern California. I needed to be better prepared. Since I had ordered these tires before Mr. Bum-toes visit, I figured that they must have a nice seating area that could accommodate me and my friend. Well, it was almost nice and we did survive.

And now on to the next misadventure.

Cheers!

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