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June 6, 2017

Mentoring – New service for artists, photographers and organizations

Filed under: Art Market, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 8:41 pm

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Seagull protest, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

In the art business there is a service market segment that I was not really aware of until recently: Mentoring. In my biotech world we would call this same type of service consulting and I have come to understand is essentially the same kind of service; having a skill or expertise that can help others. I suspect that mentoring is just a nicer sounding word and a code word for consulting. I liken it to: “is that person over there nude” or “are they naked”? (hint: Artistic models are nude, they are NOT naked)

That artist, photographers and art professionals are providing mentoring services was under my radar. As I have become more familiar with the term and services, mentoring appears to be more prevalent than I was every aware of and see that this service is offered by many individuals. It’s when you buy a silver Honda SUV you suddenly realize that there are a lot more of this style and color out there driving around than you had ever realized.

My introduction to mentoring came about during and immediately after my LACP book design workshop as those attending the workshop kept asking me about my availability to continue mentoring them on their book project. They in turn told their friends how I had helped them to edit, sequence and layout out their book project which sparked additional inquiries into my availability to mentor them as well. The lights finally came on and it all clicked for me. Okay, maybe I am a bit slow, but I am a biotech professional and I did not come up through the MFA educational mill.

As a biotech design and operations guy with a MBA I have been consulting for over twenty years and I really know that particular consulting world, just not the artistic monitoring world. So I did a quick study about artistic mentoring with some friends who were very gracious to help me come up to speed quickly, especially when they realized that I had a very through understanding of a small artistic niche; all aspects of book design and development.

I am now an artistic mentor! I just had not realized that all of the pro-bono help I have been providing other artist, photographers and organizations for the past five or six years on their book development projects was really providing a mentoring service. The difference is now I have a fee (consulting rate) structure for my mentoring. I currently have three personal clients and one organizational client that I am helping with various aspects of their book programs. Nice.

When I went back to my web site to add mentoring as an artistic capability I realized PhotoShelter, my web service backbone, was not very non-photo friendly. It has great infrastructure for showing and selling photographs, just not very conducive for pages about services. After an inquiry with PhotoShelter during which they admitted this weakness they did provide me a potential work-around that appears to be a good start on how to make my mentoring services available. So I have created a new Bio page and a specific emphasis on my availability for mentoring.

I did check with my friend Susan Burnstine’s website on where & how she advertises her mentoring service to get some additional advertising pointers. Unlike Mary Virginia Swanson, another friend of mine, Susan is somewhat vague and not very specific about her mentoring. Different from my biotech world consulting in which you are very specific about the types of consulting services, skills and experience that you offer. Thus the web advertising is an aspect that is a work in progress in which I am starting out. I think that one of the similarities between artistic mentoring and biotech consulting is “word of mouth”; if you can help make good things happen for someone, the word quickly starts to get around and which I am quickly finding out. Very nice.

So if you have a great idea about a potential book project but realize that you might need some assistance to get your project either self-published or to a publisher, let me know and see if I might be able to help you to get’r done!

Note: the seagull photo above was made at the end of last year on one of my drives down to San Diego and during one of my rest stops along the coast to check out how the adjacent seascape was looking. I found that the juxtaposition of the seagull on top of this specific sign was a bit humorous since this bird was apparently begging for treats from those who were likewise taking in the seascape view.

Cheers!

April 24, 2017

Two more photo book workshops with LACP

Filed under: Art Market, Books, Photography, Projects/Series, Workshops — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 9:33 pm

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Copyright 2016/7 Douglas Stockdale

Oh wow, as if things were not crazy enough last week trying to finish enough of the edition of Bluewater Shore for the book launch at Photo Independent that LACP came back at me to schedule another Introduction to Photo Book Design workshop for next Fall (see below) and follow up on my idea for a one-day book marketing workshop. More about the Photo Independent book launch in the next couple of days as I want to get word of the workshops out as there is a limited time discount available.

Thus I am very excited to announce that I will be providing two more photobook workshops in partnership with LACP (Los Angeles Center for Photography) at their Los Angeles facilities later this year. Both have a 20% early-bird sign up until May 26th.

Marketing Your Photo Book – This is a one-day workshop being held on Saturday, July 22nd. This workshop is is intended for photographers who are preparing to publish their work in book form, whether self-publishing or working with an established book publisher, and will provide creative and practical approaches to marketing their photo book.

The morning will be spent understanding your publishing objectives and how that translates to a marketing plan. This will include discussing the basic elements of a marketing plan; what is being published and sold, who might purchase it, where to sell it, how to price it and how and when to promote it. Issues to be discussed include; how soon to start working on a plan, book economics and buyers price points, buy or create a mailing list, selling self-published books, and do’s and don’ts of using social media and web sites. During the workshop, I am planning a series of breakout sessions to enable development of each person’s specific marketing plan for their book.

Introduction to Photo Book Design – This Fall (October 1 and 8th), I will be repeating my popular (in talking to folks at Photo Independent the workshop reviews coming back to LACP were very, very good!) two-day workshop that focuses on the development of each person’s book dummy for their personal photographic project and provides both creative and practical book design options.

After a morning of studying limited edition artists’ books, trade books and zines, the remainder of the first session will be spent understanding students’ publishing objectives and how that translates to a book object. This will include time discussing the elements of book design and the purpose of a book-dummy, concluding with a hands-on fabrication of a saddle-stitch dummy book/zine. The second session delves into the business elements of (self) publishing a book and photo book production. The remainder of the day students will continue working on the development of their dummy book as a collaborative project.

I hope you can join me as these are intense, yet fun, workshops.

The workshops are being held at the LACP facilities: 1515 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Let me know if you have any questions,

Cheers!

April 15, 2017

Introduction to Photo Book Design Workshop – final thoughts

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LACP Introduction to Photo Book Design Workshop, Douglas Stockdale with workshop members, photo by Nikki Washburn

Now that the LACP Introduction to Photo Book Design workshop is complete,  a few closing thoughts. First, this was an intense workshop, a ton of information to pass along in conjunction with those attending heavily engaged in developing their rough book dummy. I will admit that there were a couple of items on the agenda that in retrospect that I did not dive into deep enough. Since I know that I will be leading this workshop again (see below), I am making some notes and slight adjustments to the outline.

It appears from the workshop feedback for my surprise limited edition hand made book that we self-published at the start of the workshop (members holding their editions, photo above), did have the impact that I had hoped for. Making this book energized the workshop as to the potential for self-publishing and took away some of the mystery of book publishing. Nice. Also raised the bar for producing this booklet in future workshop!

The one week break between the workshop sessions had a big impact on those attending to return home really dig into the development of their book dummies. The resulting dummies that were shared on the start of the second session were amazing and the energy each person brought back to the class was very contagious. The book dummy’s were as varied and diverse as those attending the workshop. The photographs below are of the participants who completed their rough book dummy, a big step forward for each.

By the way, did I mention that I was equally inspired to create my first dummy for my Middle Ground project? I brought it to the workshop and shared it with the group after everyone had an opportunity to have their dummy’s critiqued. I enjoyed my feedback as well and I will be posting more about this dummy and project in the weeks and months to come ;- )

Some really good news? I will be repeating this workshop with LACP next Fall, probably in early October and a second one-day LACP workshop is now in the works: Marketing Your Photobook. As advance notice the Marketing workshop is being planned for Saturday, July 22nd at the LACP facilities in Los Angeles and more information to follow soon!

Cheers

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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 4, 2017

Photo Book Design Workshop – Limited Edition Book!

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Introduction to Photo Book Design book 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Last Saturday on the first day of my Introduction to Photo Book Design workshop with LACP, I finally had an opportunity to make my surprise reveal; as part of the saddle stitch binding demonstration, each person in the workshop completed a limited edition, hand-made book (aka artist book) which was also their course outline! I had printed all of the covers and interior pages, then showed the class how to slightly score the cover with a bone-folder to ensure a clean fold, then fold and order the interior pages (3 sheets), and finally each one completed the saddle stitch binding with the long reach stapler of their own edition copy. Perfect!

I had been working on this book idea for the workshop since the Christmas break and thought that if each person were to leave with a limited edition book, it should be pretty cool workshop take-away as well as under score the point that creating limited edition books can be fun. So every couple of weeks I would advance this book concept; designing the covers, what I wanted for the Colophon in the inside back cover, developing the course outline which would become the text for the interior, the sequencing of the workshop, thus the sequencing of the pages and corresponding text. With some additional feedback from a couple of those who had signed up, I realized that I needed to refocus the key objective of the workshop which resulted in a new sequence of the course outline.

I wanted the resulting book to have stiff covers, so I printed the covers on double-sided Epson Presentation Matte photo paper (8-1/2 x 11″, subsequently folded once) using my Epson 4800 for the exterior which had one photographic image (aka plate) and then the interior text was printed on my Epson Workforce (WF-7620), a desktop printer/copier that I use for printing documents. For the interior text block, I used some #20 Staples copier paper (8-1/2 x 11″, subsequently folded once), also printed on the Epson Workforce desktop printer.

The text layout was created using MS Publisher (2013) and the two-page column template. This template design keep the resulting gutter clear of text after folding the sheets to create the pages of this book.

As a part of the workshop discussion about book dummy development, I also shared the various book dummy stages that I used to develop this book; hand-written text, pages taped together, and versions up to the polished printed dummy that I used to write the notes for how I needed to re-sequence the book after changing my objectives for the workshop.

Colophon: hand made photobook, edition of 12, this being the first edition, copyright 2017. Stiff cover book with 12 pages, size 5-1/2″ x 8″, design & printed by me, assembly and binding by the workshop class.

So tell me, how cool is that!

Cheers!

 

April 3, 2017

Photo Book Workshop – day one

Filed under: Art Market, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 7:43 pm

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Book making equipment, 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

Last weekend was pretty intense; Saturday was the first day of my two day Intro to Photo Book Design workshop, which included the drive from south Orange County up to mid-town Los Angeles and back. Then Sunday back up to LA to judge the International Photo Book Competition for Photo Independent. Wowwie, back to back days driving into LA, fortunately traffic was comparatively light on the weekends than it is mid-week.

During the workshop I was using some tools and equipment to construct the book dummies other than what was on the list for the participants to bring; I was not sure that they needed to purchase this other stuff just yet.

So the extra things in my book dummy art box includes: a long-reach stapler (regular staplers do not have a deep enough “throat” to be effective with larger paper) for saddle stitch binding, a center-finding rule (I brought the short 18″, leaving the 36″ in the studio), a metric ruler (if you a going to produce your book outside the U.S., need to go metric!), a hole-punch, and finally a plastic bone-folder to crease and fold heavier paper stock.

The workshop participation was enthusiastic and it appeared that everyone was well into some serious photo editing and sequencing. Next they will continue building their book dummies at home in preparation for next Saturday’s workshop session to discuss, analyze and develop their book projects even further. I am now equally inspired to work on another book dummy as well, so that might be bit of a surprise for the workshop group next Saturday.

Cheers!

March 8, 2017

Book table at LACP Open House – March 18

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Ciociaria published by Punctum Press (Rome, Italy)

For those on the Left Coast, Los Angeles Center for Photography (LACP) is having a Spring Open House on March 18 & 19th, 2017 at their L.A. facility; 1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, California.

I have been invited to present, discuss and sell my photobooks and I will have a table from 2 to 5pm on Saturday, March 18th. I will have copies of Ciociaria and one or two copies that are left of Pine Lake. I have still have a couple of issues of LensWork #74 in which my portfolio In Passing was featured.

And of course I will be discussing my Introduction to Photo Book Design workshop that begins on April 1st. I have told that there are a few remaining spots still available for this dynamic  two-Saturday workshop.

If you are in the area, I hope you can drop in and say hello.

Cheers!

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January 11, 2017

Saddle Stitch Fastener – Workshop demo

Filed under: Books, Photography, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:05 pm

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Saddle Stitch Fastener copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale

I have bought one new item for 2017 (and I am still looking for that used 50mm CF Distagon for the Hasselblad), which is pictured above, what is called a Saddle Stitch Fastener, or a stapler on steroids. I will be using this book binder for my LACP Introduction to Book Design workshop later this spring to demo how to make a saddle stitch binding for a small book. The saddle stitch binding is one of the two book binding methods I will be demonstrating during the workshop.

This binder is stated to handle up to 20 sheets, so I would consider this lightweight equipment, which is a good start for my publishing company. It is an idea method to create a simple book dummy to work on the sequencing and pairing of the images for a book. This is also a popular way to create a small edition book, as I have a bunch of intriguing photobooks in my library that are bound together with saddle stitch binding, such as those by the New Zealand photographer Harvey Benge.

I also have an great idea on how I will be making a small limited edition book with the class during  the workshop as a fun start and will become a unique class takeaway. I have already completed the book dummy for it and I need to work-up the interior text, probably about 12 interior pages in all. I will print the stiffcover with my Epson printer using a double-sided Epson matte photo paper and print the interior sheets with my desktop letter printer. I think it will be an interesting surprise for those attending on the first day of the workshop.

And I may be making a few other small edition books as a result. Lots of possibilities!

Cheers!

December 28, 2016

2016 in Review

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Loss (Memory Pods) 2014 copyright Douglas Stockdale

For me it’s always a nice treat at the end of the year to look back at what has occurred; achievements, progress in the my development of my conceptual projects, lessons learned that might help inform me and keep me on a progressive creative path in the year to come.

First, 2016 was about making new photographic friends and deepening the existing relationships. The photographic and artistic community is really great in how encouraging everyone is towards supporting each other’s creative endeavors. That is always the best part of looking back at the year that was.

One of the highlight of the year was in September when I was juried into the Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC) 2016 All Media, which was curated by Dan Cameron and I received an Honorable Mention (above), the only photograph of the exhibition that received recognition. A really nice validation that my Memory Pods project is progressing as I had hoped, which I will continue developing in 2017.

I was invited to became part of the LensCulture submission review team (aka consultant, a true paying photographic gig) in August and I have completed close to 200 portfolio submission reviews in 2016. This has become a great opportunity to become familiar with an interesting and diverse international group of photographers and their photographic work.

Photo Book Independent; in April I was one of the photobook jurors for the photobook exhibition and subsequently provided two curatorial talks during the exhibition while also exhibiting my own photobooks and photographs at this event. It appears that I may be involved in Photo Independent 2017 event as well ;- )

For the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Exposure 2016 I joined them as a portfolio reviewer in September and subsequently I will be leading a photo book development workshop for LACP next April, 2017. This is going to be a fun workshop!

As the Editor of The PhotoBook: my book-blog-zine passed one million views and provided a milestone 400 photobook reviews; an amazing eight years. I also increased the staff of this blog-zine with the recent addition of Gerhard Clasusing as a book reviewer. I am looking forward to all of the creative photobooks yet to come in 2017.

Social media; my experiment with Instagram (@douglasstockdale) this year appears to be proceeding in a slowly growing but successful manner. So I now a presence on Facebook and Instagram in conjunction with this blog. I also became the co-Editor of the Facebook page for The Photo Exchange which led to the development of a closed group on Facebook for the members of this group.

Infrastructure changes with the transfer of my photographic web site to a new platform hosted by PhotoShelter that is focused on providing photographic content. This should take care of my web site requirements for a while and I need to remember to update it from time to time.

I also spent some time at some local photographic events, such as photo l.a., which is coming up soon next month, and down in San Diego at the Medium Photographic Festival.

And of course I was working on some photographic projects, such as continuing my development of Memory Pods, concluding Lest I Forget, and starting a new project Middle Ground.

I think 2017 will be even more fun! See you all next year ;- )

Cheers!!

December 16, 2016

Early bird discount for photobook workshop ends this Saturday

Filed under: Art, Art Market, Books, Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:24 pm

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LACP Introduction to Photo Book Design, photo Douglas Stockdale

The early-bird registration discount of 20% for my Introduction to Photo Book Design workshop that I will be leading next April over two weekends will be ending midnight this Saturday, December 17th. This creative workshop is sponsored by Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).  So if you plan to be in the Southern California area (aka best-coast), time to check this workshop out and take advantage of this discount.

Could even be a wonderful Christmas present for someone special ;- )

Cheers!

 

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