Douglas Stockdale – Pine Lake

Douglas Stockdale – Pine Lake

Book Title: Pine Lake
Printed Material / Technique: The custom made wood frame is constructed from hardwood dowels cut to size, hand glued to Crescent C20 backing board, with braid end-nailing. The flap cover is constructed from 110 lb. Daler-Rowney Canford Card stock, cut to size, ink-jet printed, hand bone crease and glued to the frame to create a gate fold flap, with an elastic band closure. The flip book cover is fabricated with 120gm Canson Mi-teintes, Bouton d’or, hand cut to size, inkjet printed on both sizes, (texture side on exterior), bone creased and hand hole punched with an aluminum prong attached to manually bind the interior prints. Exterior of cover is then hand inscribed with text while the edition number and signature are inscribed on the interior copyright panel. The appropriated vernacular photographs have been re- photographed, altered and cropped to suit the format. The pages are laser printed on 60# matte paper, hand trimmed to size and manually hole punched for subsequent sequencing and manual prong binding. Sixteen images provided. One missing photograph, 60# matte paper, hand perforated, then a section is manually removed from along the perforation line leaving uneven edges, then manually hole punched for subsequent sequencing and manual prong binding. Two appropriated vernacular “memorabilia” (ephemera), re-photographed, altered and cropped to suit the format, laser printed in sheets on 24# colored stock, hand trimmed to size with one of each included with the book. 8 lb. dry fishing line cut to random length and 1 oz. split-shot fishing weight manually attached. A commercial Ziplock flexible self-sealing pouch is hand inscribed.
Print Run / Edition Size: 25

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Book Description: Pine Lake is a semi-fictional story about a multi-generational American rite of summer. This is a visual narrative about a weekend away, a fishing trip.

The concept for this artist photobook 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. Pine Lake is an investigation of what might have been.

This book is a continuation in my series that explores memory and its preservation.

Biography: Douglas Stockdale was born in Pennsylvania in 1949. He lives in Southern California and he is an independent artist/photographer. He founded the influential photobook review blog “The PhotoBook”, curated photobook exhibitions for “10×10 American PhotoBooks” (traveling exhibition; NYC, PA & Tokyo) and “Work” for FotoGrafia Internationale di Roma, and has published three photobooks, most recently “Ciociaria” released in 2011 by Edizioni Punctum, Rome, Italy. His work has been published in “LensWork” magazine and his photographs are in the permanent collection of Museo d’Arte Contemporania di Roma (Rome, Italy).

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