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June 10, 2017

Preparing Bluewater Shore for bookstore submissions

Filed under: Bluewater Shore - artist book, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 12:32 am

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Bluewater Shore, self-published 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

A couple of days ago I was preparing to make another series of bookstore submissions for Bluewater Shore, my limited edition artist book. In looking at my “press photos” for this book, I realized that I needed to have a set of photographs showing the book’s cover, with and without the slip cover. So it was time to set-up the studio lights and make a few exterior photographs. I also realized that I did not have any interior photographs of the book that might illustrate how the book and pages work together as a “flip-book”. That extended my studio session by only a little bit and I like the results, above and below.

Btw, Bluewater Shore is still available for sale as the edition has not been completely sold out yet. If interested, check out the book review by Gerhard Clausing and an overview of this artist book that I posted earlier, here.

Cheers!

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May 30, 2017

Shipping more Bluewater Shore

Filed under: Bluewater Shore - artist book — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:40 pm

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Bluewater Shore Packages, US Post Office, 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Yikes! I was side-lined with the flu for the past couple of weeks and I was finally able to get out of the house just in time for Memorial Day. Today with the post office back in full operation it is time to take the packages over and start the journey to some new homes. nice.

Meanwhile I have a long laundry list of tasks that I need to finish as a result of being sick, nevertheless I will take it one task at a time and what I don’t finish today I will then start on tomorrow. My secret to keep my life in a low stress mode.

Cheers!

 

May 23, 2017

Artist versus Photographer

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Big Raft, Bluewater Shore, 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Recent events related to the self-publishing of my limited edition artist book Bluewater Shore is causing me to rethink how I might describe myself to others: artist or photographer? Okay another option might be artist/photographer. I am probably reconsidering this whole classification subject because of my preparation on the subject of “Branding” for my Marketing Your Photo Book workshop coming up at LACP in July.

So here’s whats been happening; I have been reaching out to some photographic friends and editorial acquaintances who helped me with the promotion of my earlier artist book Pine Lake to spread the word about my recently self-published Bluewater Shore. I did not anticipate all of the rejections based on the fact I am using family archive photographs as my source material versus the fact that I did not actually take the original photographs. I am not sure what has happened or shifted in the past four years, but it seems that a lot more photographic folks are being more discerning as to what constitutes a “photographic” book.

They response that Bluewater Shore is an artist book, not a photographic book, since I am using vernacular photographs which I found to create my narrative versus being a “pure” photographic project in which I created (photographed) the original photographic source material similar to my book Ciociaria. Or maybe I have pitched my Bluewater Shore story incorrectly? Now that I take a closer look at these magazine and web-zines I see that artwork similar to what I created for Bluewater Shore is not being featured.

So maybe you are wondering; what’s the big deal? For me it might be that I have been envisioning myself as a “photographer” when I made this declaration back in 2008. Realize that for about 15 years before that I was a painter so I thought that this was a big deal that I was dedicating myself to photography as my creative medium. I also did not think it was a big deal to create my two self-published books Pine Lake and Bluewater Shore since I was using photographic material. Wrong!

Turns out what I perceived I was doing is not matching up with the outside world’s perception. I think there was hints of this difference while I was talking with those who attended my exhibit space at Photo Independent for my launch of Bluewater Shore but at the time I was not picking up on it. Duh!

This takes me to the Stockdale Paradox (okay, this was from Admiral James Stockdale, un-related); which states “Retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties” while at the same time “Confronting the most brutal facts of your current reality, what they might be“. So the brutal facts of my current reality is that I am deemed to be an artist and I am NOT a pure photographer. Which is probably good to know and understand.

This is a not a seismic shift of who/what I think I am; but what this does is to better prepare me for where/who I make submissions of my artwork. I still feel that I am part of the pure photographic community since that is the space I created both of my photo-investigations In Passing and Ciociaria. Nevertheless I will go across those pure photographic boundaries when I am inspired to do so and I need to understand the implications when I do.

Another aspect of this is that curators, art directors and others appear to more comfortable with classifications. So am I an artist or an artist/photographer? I guess if I have to chose one it would appear that I am an artist and one who uses primarily photographic source material, mine as well as others. Done.

Maybe this is a seismic shift after all as I now need to look at all my photographic reference sites, e.g. LensCulture and here on Singular Images, and make some adjustment tweaks to my biography; artist, educator and mentor.

Cheers!

May 4, 2017

Bluewater Shore book launch at Photo Independent

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Photography by Jessica Sterling, copyright 2017

Well I thought I was going to post this a bit sooner after the Photo Independent exhibition, but all of the post-exhibition follow-up needed tending to first. Such as taking more orders for Bluewater Shore, (which can be ordered here) finishing the production of this artist edition, then start mailing the pre-orders, contacting other editors about book reviews and of course contacting book stores about carrying Bluewater Shore. Time flies when I am busy, busy, busy.

First, the exhibition and book launch of Bluewater Shore was great and I had a great time connecting with other photographers, making stronger relationships with acquaintances and starting some new connections. Even sold some of my edition, which of course was the sweetest part of the deal for a book launch.

At the last moment before driving up to Los Angeles on Friday afternoon for Photo Independent  I was able to print six of my 15 x 15″ image prints from Bluewater Shore as part of a portfolio and unexpectedly ended up discussing some potential commissions as a result. My purpose for the prints was to help stop traffic and start a discussion about my book, but there was some strong positive responses to the vernacular photographic prints. So it will be interesting to see where this leads.

I also had a chance to spend time talking with Roger Ballen who was the featured photographer for Photo Independent. As a result of my Editorial role with The PhotoBook journal, we had been in email contact and book discussions over the years about his publications, so this was the first chance we had to meet and have a discussion during the events. Ballen also provided some creative book signings for a couple of his books that were in my collection. Very nice.

I provided a book discussion on Sunday morning as a result of being a jurist for the Photo Independent Book Competition which went very well. My principal focus was on discussing the design and layout of the competition’s winning books and a couple of the honorable mentions.

Also coming news, I will be doing portfolio reviews at LACP’s Exposure 2017 in Santa Monica next July 16th at the dnj Gallery and finalizing as guest curator for the L.A. Photo Curator photographic competition next September. More details about these two events shortly, so stay tuned!

In closing another reminder that the 20% discount for an early-bird registration for my two LACP photo book workshops, Marketing Your Photo Book, July 22nd and Introduction to Photo Book Design Oct 1st & 8th, are still in available for another couple of weeks.

Cheers!

Doug

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above, discussing Bluewater Shore, photography by Gerhard Clausing, copyright 2017

below, Roger Ballen signing one of his books from my collection

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April 15, 2017

Bluewater Shore – limited edition artist book

Bluewater Shore limited edition artist book

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Bluewater Shore (book with poly slip-cover) Copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale

Bluewater Shore is a semi-fictional visual narrative about a young woman’s holiday, an exciting unescorted trip to the shore with friends, which is set in the late 1940’s and investigates a new sense of independence for women that occurred during and following World War II as well as American culture, family, and memory. The limited edition artist book was developed from repurposed vernacular photographs from the artist’s family archive and the concept was partly inspired by Kodak and Ansco promotional booklets that were available with dime/drug stores film processing in the 1950’s and into the 1960’s.

Concept, development & design: Douglas Stockdale copyright 2017

Flip-book, stiff covers, prong binding, hand-inscribed cover, hand-inscribed poly slip case, 32 pages, 16 black & white photographs, size: 7 ½” x 6” (190 mm x 155 mm)

Self-published artist book, limited edition of 99 + 5 A/P; price $47.00 USD (44 €, 37.5 £, 5,230 ¥,)

Printing: Fultone© digital lithography by Dual Graphics, (Brea, CA), hand-bound by the artist.

Additional photographs: www.douglasstockdale.com (Bluewater Shore – artist book)

Bluewater Shore can be purchase here.

Official book launch: Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA April 21- 23, 2017

Cheers!

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Bluewater Shore – Final Press Checks

Filed under: Bluewater Shore - artist book, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:04 am

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Final Press check, Craig Evans, Dual Graphics, copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale

At one point a couple of years ago I was not so sure that this event was going to happen; working on the press-checks at the printer for the pending publication of Bluewater Shore. And here we are.

There were a couple of scheduling hiccups this past week, so while we had hoped to be doing the pres-checks at the beginning of the week, here we were doing it today. Before this, I had a chance to evaluate the soft proofs, but today I was looking at the printer and examining printed sheets as they came off the digital litho printing press, aka, hard-proofs or in this case, actually a press-check.

Fortunately I had already provided some match prints that I printed earlier on my Epson 4800 on Epson paper, so when we looked at each printed sheet (below in the light box) I could compare this to my match prints. Out of 16 printed sheets, I found that a slight increase in contrast (more density) was required for only three of the plates, otherwise spot on. Since we were using the Fultone printing process (two inks: Grey + Black) developed by Dual Graphics, the black and white images looked amazing. Granted that due to my intent, I had “aged” the images and backed off on the contrast to simulate a faded photograph, but these looked truly like old photographs. We also used a slightly off-white luster paper that works really well with this book.

We also evaluated the color and heavier stock for the book’s cover and this looked great as well. Only thing left was a confirmation to ensure that the holes would be drilled in the right location for the prong binding.

I provided my approvals and all systems were GO! The printing should be completed tonight, then the secondary operations to trim, score and drill the holes. Right now we are looking at a completion date of Wednesday, which is going to be a bit tight for having the finished books bound and inscribed for Photo Independent Friday afternoon, I will not need to finish them all, but have enough for the exhibition. Might bring a few parts with me and if a lull in the action during the exhibition, assemble a few more books.

This artist book will be literately hot off the press!

Cheers and hopefully see some of you at Photo Independent next weekend in Los Angeles. Give me a shout out if you plan to stop by ;- )

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April 11, 2017

International Book Competition, Book Design Workshop & publishing a new book – oh my!

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Douglas Stockdale, Sarah Hadley & Chris Davies photo 2017 copyright by Marissa Caichiolo

It was starting to look like April was going to be a busy month, I just had no idea HOW busy.  I have already been one of the jurist for the International Photo Book Competition and I just published our results on The PhotoBook journal. The next phase  of this competition award is that I will be providing two curatorial talks during Photobook Independent in two weeks. The talks will not require as much planning as I did for the recent book workshop, which is okay, because I really need the time to prepare everything for the launch of Bluewater Shore. Meanwhile I have a couple more book reviews to complete for two of the winning photobooks, as I already had published two reviews of the books that selected for awards. I would like to complete these other two reviews before Photo Independent, adding to my work load. Like I said, April is turning into a very, very busy month ;- )

Right now I also need to get ready to go on-press at Dual Graphics (Brea) tomorrow for the printing of Bluewater Shore. I am expecting to finalize the exterior colors for the cover, go to print and then I will report about my experience about being on-press later this week. Cool! Then I need to update my earlier post about the ability to pre-order this book with an accurate image of the published book. Probably send out another round of newsletter updates on this photobook as well.

The Introduction to Photo Book Design workshop is now complete but a little more about this in the next couple of days.

Cheers!

April 7, 2017

Pre-order Bluewater Shore

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Bluewater Shore (cover, with clear slip-case) 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

It is now time to pre-order a copy of Bluewater Shore prior to the formal book launch at Photo Independent (Los Angles, April 21-23, 2017) for a special pre-launch price of $40.00 USD (includes shipping and handling within the USA) (Note: this pre-launch price has now ended). The book price will increase to $47.00 at Photo Independent. This is my version of a crowd-funding for this book project!

Introduction: A semi-fictional visual narrative about a young woman’s holiday, an exciting unescorted trip to the shore with friends which is set in the late 1940’s and investigates a new sense of independence for women that occurred during and following World War II. The limited edition book was developed from repurposed vernacular photographs that are in my family archive and the concept was partly inspired by Kodak and Ansco promotional booklets that were available with dime/drug stores film processing in the 1950’s and into the 1960’s.

A book that investigates American culture, time, memory and nostalgia. This is a sequel to Pine Lake, my 2013 artist book which was recognized by Elizabeth Avedon as one of her Best Photographic Books for 2014.

Concept, development & design: Douglas Stockdale copyright 2017

Flip-book, stiff covers, prong binding, hand-inscribed cover, hand-inscribed poly slip case, 32 pages, 16 black & white photographs, size: 7 ½” x 6” (190 mm x 155 mm)

Self-published artist book, limited edition of 99 + 5 A/P; price $47.00 USD (44 €, 37.5 £, 5,230 ¥,)

Fultone© digital lithography printed by Dual Graphics, Brea, CA (USA)

Additional photographs: www.douglasstockdale.com (Bluewater Shore – artist book)

I will need you to email me and let me know that the check is in the mail (or we can do a PayPal invoice for credit cards) for the number of copies you want; doug@douglasstockdale.com

I think you will find this to be a very charming story about what might have happened with this band of brave, young, adventuresome women.

Cheers!

Note: First my sincere thanks to all of you who pre-ordered Bluewater Shore, your enthusiastic response was wonderful is very much appreciated! 25% of the edition was gone in two weeks and this allowed me to prepare for the book’s launch at Photo Independent on April 21st. Thank you!

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April 5, 2017

Bluewater Shore – Next steps to self-publish

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Show-offs! (Bluewater Shore) 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Since my last update on the development of my limited edition photobook Bluewater Shore, I continue to be very busy with getting the printing completed at Dual Graphics, starting the pre-publication selling, arranging for books reviews and making pitches to some select book shops to stock and sell it.

First, printing the book at Dual Graphics (Brea, CA); we are currently tweaking the gray tones for the Fultone printing of the interior pages. Fultone printing was developed by David Gardner to improve on the duotone printing then available in the mid-1980’s, but his efforts duly impressed Ansel Adams & John Sexton that Fultone printing by Dual Graphics (at that time called Gardner Lithographic) was the best black and white book printing in the US and where they have their books printed. Since then a whole series of black and white photographers have been going to Dual Graphics to use their Fultone printing process. We are also fine tuning the color and font of the book’s exterior. I may be at Dual Graphics later this week on-press for the actually book printing. I am looking forward to that!

Since I just set my selling price after a stop at ARTBOOKS in LA last weekend to check out the competitive landscape of similar book prices, I am now able to start my campaign to pitch booksellers to stock Bluewater Shore (just received my first confirmation) in conjunction with pre-publication discount and a standard post Photo Independent book sellers discount.

Likewise in conjunction with my budding newsletter process, I am now starting to reach out to my family, friends and contacts to offer a pre-launch discounted price for the book (see below for details). This is essentially a mini-kickstarter program to pre-sell as many of the books as I can to fund my launch at Photo Independent (and pay for the final publication costs).

I have been in touch with (“pitching”) a couple of magazine and on-line zine publications about featuring Bluewater Shore. It can be a little longer process to get accepted and then published by the Editorial teams, so I needed to start that as soon as possible. I have already anticipated that for some magazines that they will only feature “original” photographic work, so my artist book which uses re-purposed vernacular photographs is a bit of an artistic stretch for them (yep, already have my first rejection slip!)

At the moment, I am anticipating that I will have the printing complete by mid-April and then I need to complete the prong binding and hand inscribe the book, book covers and the outer shell. Stay tuned!

One serendipitous outcome of this project; since I am using my family archive to draw on for the content and sadly since my parents (and their brothers and sisters) have passed, I do not know all of the identifies of those in the photographs. Photo above is my dad who plays a cameo role in the book, but then my cousin Jack just emailed me to tell me that he’s the young kid in the foreground. I suspected it might have been him, but I did not know for sure. So now I do. How cool is that?!

Regarding the above photograph, what interested me, besides the subjects, was the vernacular nature of this photograph. The the framing was off-kilter, a trade mark of an amateur photograph, and the spontaneity of the subjects. A classic candid vacation photo which I felt was ideally suited for this summer holiday narrative.

Btw, if you have become interested in purchasing Bluewater Shore, I do have a pre-publication sale going on right now (sort of a personal Kickstarter program), which is $40.00 USD (includes shipping and handling within the USA). The price increases to $47.00 USD on April 21st at Photo Independent (Los Angles). So I can honestly say that this is a limited time offer! (contact me off-line: doug@douglasstockdale.com).

Cheers!

March 20, 2017

Bluewater Shore – Final Development in progress!

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Ready for a Holiday (Bluewater Shore, artist book, self-published, 2017) copyright Douglas Stockdale

Very exciting news; last week I have a sponsor for my limited edition artist book Bluewater Shore!

For the past six days I have radically shifted gears to finalize the development of my project: book & cover design (same as Pine Lake), tweaked a couple of the images, created a set of production proofs and pre-production high resolution files, created a set of web ready images and just posted these on my web site, fine tuned my introduction (below) and put together a little press release flyer that provides an overview of this artist book which I was able to start handing out at the LACP open house this last Saturday. Yep, I’ve been a busy guy ;- )

Bluewater Shore Introduction:  A semi-fictional story about an American rite of summer. This is a visual narrative about a women’s holiday, an exciting trip to the shore with friends. This is set in the late 1940’s and investigates a new sense of independence for women that occurred during and following World War II.

The good news is that I have been mulling over this book project for the past couple of years after self-publishing Pine Lake. Sort of had this on a slow-simmer; so the concept and what I want to accomplish was pretty well thought-out, thus when I received the go-ahead, I had the planning complete so I just needed to update all of the files and book dummy.

At the moment I looking at a book launch for Bluewater Shore at Photo Independent (April 21-23, 2017) at which I already have a table reserved. Also starting an interest list, so let me know (doug@dougalsstockdale.com) if this project might be one you would like to support and purchase one of the 99 limited edition copies. Very close to setting the final price, so that will be announced shortly.

Cheers!

 

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