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April 24, 2018

Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra – Pre-order now

Filed under: Art, Books, Middle Ground, Photobook, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:40 pm

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Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra (book dummy) 2018 Douglas Stockdale

I am very excited to announce that I am now ready to accept pre-orders for my artist book Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra! The books will be ready to ship by the middle to end of next month. As I shared before (transparency!); I am doing the binding and it may take me a little while to do all of the binding for each of these artist books.

So here are the artist book publication details:

Self-published, publication date; May/June 2018 (concurrent with exhibition at Fabrik Projects, Los Angeles, CA)

Stiff covers with flap-over French fold, Leporello book design

Pages: 66 pages (blank verso)

Photographs: 31 Images, color

Printing: 4 color lithographic printing

Leporello binding: hand-bound by the artist

Book design and layout by the artist

Artist book, edition size 99 + 5 A/P

Book trim size: 6-1/2” x 8-1/4” (165mm x 210mm)

Acknowledgements & Colophon, without essays, captions or pagination

Cover paper: 18 pt C1s Tango

Interior paper: 80# GPA Uncoated Text

Text: English and Spanish

Retail price: $59.50 USD

I can process your book orders through Paypal. Until May 5th, for those in the United States, the price will include my shipping costs. For Europe, I need to add an additional $15 to the cost of the book (if it turns out that it is more, I will absorb it).

Note: since the book will has not been printed until next week, the book images are from my book-dummy.

Cheers!

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April 23, 2018

Fabrik Projects exhibition preparations

Filed under: Art, Middle Ground, Photobook, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 2:13 am

Alternative CrossingAlternative Crossing (Middle Ground) 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

With the pending exhibition at Fabrik Project next month quickly coming up fast, there are a bunch of things that I need to do to prepare for this.

I guess it never fails; I have the web-images for the project prepared and then the gallery would like these in another format and size. Not really a big deal, but it just takes some time to open the files to resize and format, which has been completed and sent to the gallery last Friday.

Now that the final edit of the book is completed I needed to update my web site for Middle Ground, deleting images that did not make the cut and up-loading new images that did. As well as replacing a few images that required some additional tweaks. Likewise I also need to reorder the sequence of the images on the web site to provide more alignment and become more in sync with the book’s interior. I completed this small web-site task earlier today and as well as updating my on-line CV with the recent LACP Faculty group exhibition and my book talk at the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Last was printing one of my Middle Ground images at 42 x 52″, a new larger size for me. I will have to admit that this photograph looks amazing and thinking back, not sure why I did not make larger prints like this sooner. When I was doing the project review at the gallery, I had brought with me a 30 x 40″ c-print, and he thought it looked great and that going to 40 x 50″ should look fine. He was correct. So the print is at the custom framer and it should be ready in plenty of time for the May 5th opening.

So now I have most of the print and information to the gallery, I need to re-focus on finishing the leporello book. The goal is to have at least the final book proof available on May 5th if I do not have any final copies bound. As a result of the publication schedule being moved up for this exhibition opening, this precludes the chance to do a 30 day Kickstarter project. I was on the fence about doing a Kickstarter project anyhow, so maybe another book project at another time. This book production is going to be tight. sigh.

Nevertheless, it’s all good!

Cheers

 

 

April 18, 2018

Exhibition News; Douglas Stockdale at Fabrik Projects

Filed under: Projects/Series, Photography, Art Market, Middle Ground, Photobook — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:08 pm

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Surveillance (Middle Ground project) 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I am really excited to announce the exhibition of my project Middle Ground at Fabrik Projects, an LA gallery located near Culver City.

Exhibition dates: Saturday, May 5th thru Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Artist reception: Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Location: Fabrik Projects, 2636 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

We are also planning for the artist book launch of Middle Ground in conjunction with this exhibition, more details on the book’s availability to follow shortly. Yes, there are some interesting developments about the publication of my artist book as well. and it’s all good.

This is a two-person exhibition in conjunction with the Spanish/Australian multi-media artist Alberto Sanchez. Meanwhile, it’s a bit crazy here in the studio with all of the things that I need to prepare for this exhibition, but in a very good way.

So if you on the left coast on May 12th, I hope you can join me during the artist reception.

Cheers!

April 15, 2018

LACP Faculty exhibition opening reception April 13, 2018

Filed under: Books, Middle Ground, Photobook, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:10 pm

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Douglas Stockdale & framed “America” 2018 copyright Gerhard Clausing

Last Friday had a wonderful evening at LACP for the Faculty group exhibition opening reception. Top line; it was nice to see my Middle Ground print on the wall, a continuing validation of this project. Second it was really enjoyable to see some friends in that we do not usually have a chance meet-up often enough. Lots of shared stories and updates. Also wonderful to hear from some past workshop participants and current photographers who I am mentoring on the progress that they are making artistically. More information about this reception can be found at Clausing’s SoCal PhotoExchange post.

It was also a chance for me to obtain some more feedback on my Middle Ground book-dummy, which was really interesting and insightful as I listened to their comments and suggestions. First, a confirmation that the soft/fuzzy lower left corner of my images created by the back bracket issues of the Canon 5DMk3 needed to be addressed (this really irritates me every time I need to work on these images as a result of the inadequate Canon camera body construction). Thus my big project for yesterday was identifying which images needed modifying, typically with a slight different cropping that emphasized the right side of the image to crop out the bothersome lower left issues. That resolved all but one image and now I am figuring out which image to use as a replacement.

Today making the final changes for the book printing files for the printer, revised images for the book dummy and new Epson exhibition prints.

All of this while under a little bit of a deadline as I have appointment tomorrow morning at a gallery in Culver City (LA) about a potential exhibition opportunity. So stay tuned, as I may have some exciting news very soon.

Cheers!

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Networking with Elaine D’Mello (photo; Gerhard Clausing)

April 11, 2018

Meanwhile, back on the ranch

Filed under: Memory pods, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 10:25 pm

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Memory Pods, April 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

While I am going slightly crazy preparing to launch a Kickstarter campaign for the Middle Ground project, the weather has warmed and my aloa vera are budding. It is Memory Pods season again!

This is my fourth season of working on the Memory Pods project at my studio. For this project I have not been waiting for a book design and pending publication to share, post, and exhibit the body of work. Main reason is I am still thinking about the design and layout for this pending book. Meanwhile I continue to experiment/play with my subject. Last year I did not become as obsessed with this project as I had in previous years and for this year I find myself working at more of a measured pace, anticipating the various phases as to what I want to accomplish. Seems like I am filling in more of the visual gaps that I am loosely considering for this project.

Last year I was experimenting with the two extension tubes with the 150mm lens on the Hasselblad (using 120 film), which turned into a mini disaster as the tubes fowled up the camera body. At the time I had thought my solution would be acquiring a 120mm Zeiss Makro-Planar, which I did during the off-season.

This is not a bad start. The photograph is investigating the “youth” stage for the Memory Pods, so I consider this a nice portrait of a “kid”. Also first chance to really work with this Makro Zeiss lens on the Hasselblad, which I was slightly surprised that I was not able to get in closer to my subject (image above is slightly cropped). Probably why when I sold the extension tubes I was asked if I really wanted to sell these if I were acquiring the Makro lens for macro photographic work.

So while diligently pulling together my Middle Ground Kickstarter materials and information, I will be taking some well deserved breaks for my Memory Pods project. And a good time to let my Gardening for Ordnance take a slight breather. Otherwise, I will be probably be going nuts.

Cheers!

April 5, 2018

Douglas Stockdale – LACP Faculty exhibition

Filed under: Middle Ground, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 3:51 am

America

America (Middle Ground – En Medio Tierra), copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale

I am very honored that my photograph “America” from my forthcoming self-published artist photobook Middle Ground will be featured in LACP’s First AnnualFaculty, Member and Alumni (FMA)Exhibition at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. This is the first exhibition of my photographs from this new body of work.

You are cordially invited!

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 7-10 pm at the LACP facilities; 1515 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA 90028

Exhibition continues through May 18th, 2018

The LACP exhibition features a collection of photography honoring the organization’s faculty, members and student alumni. 33 artists will be exhibiting their work, with a total of roughly 60 images on display. The exhibition will show at the Los Angeles Center of Photography in Los Angeles (Hollywood), April 13 – May 18, 2018. The FMA will be an annual exhibition in the Spring of each year.

Exhibiting Faculty:

Aline Smithson, Art Streiber, Brad Buckman, Bonny Taylor, David Zentz, Douglas Stockdale, Eric Joseph, Erin Davis, Gabriella Muttone, Gina Valona, Jennifer Emery, Julia Dean, Kat Bawden, Michael Pliskin, Rollence Patugan, Sarah Hadley and Susan Burnstine.

Exhibiting Members:

Andy House, Jenna Mulhall-Brereton, John D. Elliott, Joshua Sarinana, Kathy Curtis Cahill, Kevin Weinstein, Lori Pond, Matthew Finley and Wendi Schneider

Exhibiting Alumni:

Amanda Rose, Brian Jung, Gila Silberman, Ilis Ruiz Cano, Jamie Siragusa, Sarah Rooney and Willie Mack

This is a very broad and diverse group exhibition. Check it out!

March 28, 2018

En Medio Tierra – Middle Ground

Filed under: Books, Middle Ground, Photobook, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 10:03 pm

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Middle Ground, book dummy 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

When I was re-examining my Middle Ground project in the context of how symbolic the subject was to the issues facing the DREAMers, I realized that another way to underscore this concept was to have the book’s text in both English and Spanish.

A gringo process to complete the translations is to go to Google translate, but I understood that this process could only provide a starting approximation. Thus I leaned into my cousin Ashley and her husband Ralph Hernandez to help me get the Spanish (Espanol) translation correct, or as they say, what sounds right to the Spanish ear.

For the most part I did not want a literal translation of my English words, especially the book’s title, but I still needed something accurate for the book’s Colophon/Colofon.

Thus we played with some various alternatives and synonyms for the book title as to what might be related to both the words Middle and Ground would work with my concept. So after some back and forth, we settled on En Medio Tierra as “in (between) the middle ground (earth)”. Ralph, who will be the Text Editor for my edition, had the final say and now we were good to go for the book’s title!

Cheers,

Doug

PS Let me know if you want to be placed on my growing interest list (doug@douglasstockdale.com) for Middle Ground. More news about the final price and fund raising campaign shortly!

March 25, 2018

Middle Ground Book-dummy #4 – ditto

Filed under: Books, Middle Ground, Photobook, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 3:31 pm

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Middle Ground, Book-dummy #4 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Last weekend during my LACP mini-seminar on photo book development using my book-dummy #4 for the Middle Ground project, this book design really gelled for me. It was now time to move forward to the next phase; book printing. Fortunately Craig Evans, my printer representative for Dual Graphics, was also exhibiting at the LACP event so we had an opportunity to meet and allow me to discuss the final design tweaks with him.

Evans asked me to make a second copy of the book-dummy #4 (affectionately called “Ditto), and add post-it notes for reference to what was going where. He suggested to plan to meet up later in the week and bring my pre-press image files. I was ready to move from a physical book-dummy to the e-design (probably InDesign) in preparation for going on-press.

After assembling and gluing the previous book-dummy’s, I was pleasantly surprised that Ditto came to life relatively quick. I am still learning the ropes about binding a leporello book, but I feel that I am coming up the learning curve.

Thus week I completed the pre-press image file changes: sized each digital file to the image size for the printed page (now termed a plate) at 300 dpi, converted to sRGB from AdobeRGB and saved as high quality JPEG image (quality 12), and then labeled as to which plate number for the book printing.

I also prepared the draft Colophon as one of the few text pages, as well as the interior title page. As stated previously, I may only have the book title printed on the book’s spine. Now time for a little consideration as to the appearance of the back cover;s exterior, which might just repeat my name and web site at the bottom. All of this was delivered yesterday to Evans.

Next step in preparation for the printing is to have the InDesign completed and reviewed as a soft-proof PDF. Still a bit more to do, but getting a whole lot closer!

Reminder: Let me know if you want to be placed on my growing interest list (doug@douglasstockdale.com) for Middle Ground. More news about the final price and fund raising campaign shortly!

Cheers!

March 17, 2018

Middle Ground – Book-dummy #4 for presentation at LACP tomorrow

Filed under: Books, Middle Ground, Photobook, Projects/Series, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 12:57 am

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Middle Ground, Book-dummy #4, 2018 copyright Douglas Stockdale

One of the take-aways from the leporello book-dummy kit that I had received from the printer was some additional design tweaks to the cover. Two days ago I received a couple of samples of the revised cover design; I think a Winner is in the House!

To complete this dummy, I had to tip in the anticipated photograph for this cover, above, then glue in the leporello pages and simulate the interior cover page. One of the final design tweaks is to decide if I want to have the project and my name on the front cover or only printed on the spine. As it appears now, above, without text on the front cover, it appears to have a unobstructed look at one of my subjects, which I think is in alignment with my concept for this project. Now thinking, maybe add a paper belly band with the additional text?

I have some ideas of how to further strength the book design with some very minor tweaks and I am looking forward to meeting with my printer, Dual Graphics, at the LACP Spring event tomorrow.

So I am getting ready for my first show-n-tell with what I think is the final design (the presentation at PADA earlier this month was with the pending book design, and first book talk about the project) for this project. I have to pinch myself that I am on the edge of getting this project published after an intense year and half working on it. Since I am still considering a Kickstarter to raise the funds for printing, I will be taking names for the growing interest list again tomorrow.

Kinda weird holding this book dummy knowing that this could essentially be the first real example of the final intended book. The interior pages are still off the copy machine, so these pictures don’t look so great, but provides the look of what the leporello design will approximate. Lessons learned from an earlier book-dummy; use thin copy paper so that I don’t increase the depth of the interior to the point that it does not fit within the cover! This is getting really exciting.

So I am looking forward to my two LACP presentations tomorrow, a mini-seminar on Photo Book Pre-visualization and moderator for the Photo Book discussion panel on How to Get Your Photo Book Published, while getting some more feedback on this book and project.

Reminder: Let me know if you want to be placed on my growing interest list (doug@douglasstockdale.com) for Middle Ground. More news about the final price and fund raising campaign shortly!

March 15, 2018

Middle Ground – Revised & expanding artist statement

Filed under: Books, Middle Ground, Photobook, Projects/Series — Tags: , — Doug Stockdale @ 9:56 pm

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Marker #34, Middle Ground, 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Earlier this month I had posted about how I was obtaining some feedback on my project Middle Ground which kinda of set me back a tiny bit regarding my artist statement and the underlying concept. But in a very good way.

I have known that frequently artist, including photographers, are not the best persons to fully understand the full extent and meaning of their own art-work. Which is not to say that we do not have a focus (luv that term for photographers) on what we are attempting to document or subject to investigate for a project. Usually we have a reason to embark on a specific artistic endeavor, but we may not fully understand all of the artistic and aesthetic nuances of the project. I think this may be due to the emotional blinders we inadvertently have as a result of being too close to the project.

Thus the reason behind what I have always been a proponent of getting your work seen by others, then carefully listen (which means you are not talking or planning your rebuttal) to what is being said. For me it was having the work on my project advanced to a certain point of development (yes a bit of pride or insecurity of showing raw work and potentially getting slammed) that I felt I understood it well enough to clearly articulate where I was coming from and heading towards. So now I am starting to get some critical feedback, which has mostly been constructive.

Case in point; is my concept was entirely creating a visual satire on a pending WH wall just because somebody made a presidential campaign on building a bigly one between the U.S. and Mexico?

I had thought so, but I am now getting to understand that this could also be a symbolic wall or barrier for other broader social, cultural, political, economic and religious issues. That my subject is a urban-barrier that is actually located entirely within America, it could be symbolic of the recent internal political barrier(s) erected by the WH to block, impede and otherwise stop the DACA Dreamers from reaching their goals of acceptance and potential citizenship. Wow.

Thus my project which at one point in the beginning appeared to be addressing a very specific issue has become much broader in concept and scope. In some ways, when this project was really focused on one idea, it was nice and tidy. By making this concept much broader in scope creates a bit more messiness, which I am adapting to. Just continuing to try to get my head around it. So at this point, I will take it one part at a time to get this artist book out there and see how organically it grows from there.

So in the meanwhile, I have modified my artist statement to expand on the symbolic nature of this urban-built structure as to the broader social, cultural, political, economic and religious issues we are facing as a country.

Let me know if you want to be placed on my growing interest list (doug@douglasstockdale.com) for Middle Ground. More news about the final price and fund raising campaign shortly!

Cheers!

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