Douglas Stockdale's Ciociaria builds an "organized" flanerie that goes beyond the topography/street photography dichotomy; he erases the direct human aspect and the need of a nearly-scientific witness at the same time, enhancing the concept of how every single human being can become acquainted with a place in varied unpredictable ways and times, as well as readapting the landscape to one's visions and needs.
Stockdale personalizes Ciociaria, a loosely defined rocky and hilly region with memories of ancient Latin yet without a known history, putting aside all stereotypes and re-launching a sort of "personal anonymity", very typical to areas that developed due to the middle class explosion. Houses, banners, woods, monuments, cars and the outskirts of little towns, nothing is magnificent and luckily nothing is picturesque. The truly great difference lies here: Stockdale does not overdramatically criticize the Italian landscape per se, perceived as an embarrassing overlap of architectural abuse and ignorance, but then again his flanerie is nothing more than an actualization of the grand tour.
His photographs hint of a street photographer's reportage yet lacks an obvious narrative, providing many hints of a complex and multi-layered culture, creating an indirect portrait of Ciociaria, while leaving most questions tantalizingly unanswered. The photographs capture a paradox of strangeness mixed with familiarity, mystery mixed with beauty, within a context of color, space, and texture. Stockdale crosses Ciociaria and looks for answers, adhering to that landscape and photographing it in such a way as to illustrate what it personally conveys to him. It is about being a stranger in a vaguely familiar land.
About the Limited Edition
Signed and numbered book and photograph set, photograph is pigment print on archival, edition size is 25 for each of the two LE versions, the photograph is unique and not included within the book.
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Read Karen Jenkins’s review of Ciociario in photo-eye Magazine.
Read Douglas Stockdale's statement making the limited edition here.