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Pine Lake.
By Douglas Stockdale.
Rancho Santa Margarita, USA, 2013. 17 pp., 16 illustrations and 2 loose pages, 8½x10".

Publisher's Description

Pine Lake is a semi-fictional story about a multi-generational American rite of summer. This is a visual narrative about a men’s 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.

Pine Lake was conceived, designed and produced in a limited edition of 25. The interior stiff cover book contains 17 black & white photographic plates with a printed and hand inscribed cover, assembled with a metal prong binding. The artist photobook contains 3 pieces of memorabilia; a 1950 fishing stamp, a Pennsylvania fishing notice and a small section of fishing line with a small split-shot weight attached. The book and memorabilia are contained within a self-sealing poly pouch which has been hand inscribed. The poly bag rests within a custom made wood frame with a printed flap, closed with an elastic band.

Photographic images: anonymous, from the private collection of Douglas Stockdale


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