The PhotoBook Journal

October 4, 2013

Douglas Stockdale – Pine Lake


Pine Lake copyright 2013 Douglas Stockdale self-published Limited Edition Artist Book

I am very thrilled to announce the publication of my hand-made artist book Pine Lake. Thus post is not intended to be a book review, as I need to let others provide more objective assessments. This is just blatant self promotion.

Pine Lake is sequenced as a semi-fictional story about an American multi-generational summer rite, a weekend fishing trip.

As to how this project came about, it started with my recently discovered family photographs of my grandfathers fishing, a passion of which was unknown and totally foreign to me. Thus the small, worn vernacular photographs I found became talismans for the lost memories and stories of my family.  This has led me to create this artist book to tell a story of what might have been. Pine Lake is another of my on-going series that investigates memory and its preservation.

The interior flip-book is formatted in a style reminiscent of a promotional processing book common in the 1960′s produced by Kodak and Ansco, which could be purchase with a film processing order. The book is accompanied by a small collection of preserved ephemera that represent the memorabilia that might be saved after a favorite vacation.

The stiff cover book contains 17 black & white photographs. The outer cover is fabricated from a sheet of 120 gm Canson Mi-Teintes paper, hand trimmed to size and inkjet printed which is then hand inscribed.  This cover is bone creased, hand hole punched and an aluminum prong binding is attached to manually bind the interior pages. The book resides inside a hand inscribed poly slip-cover (a zip-lock bag) accompanied with three pieces of ephemera; a fishing stamp, a fishing notice & a section of fishing line with small weight attached mid-way.

The book and ephemera are housed in a hand-made wood frame with a printed cover constructed from 110# Daler-Rowney Canford paper, cut to size, ink-jet printed, hand bone crease and glued to the frame to create a gate fold flap, and has an elastic band closure.

Exterior size is 8 1/2″ x 10″ x 7/16″ (210 mm x  250mm   x 100mm)

The photographic images are anonymous and from my family archive and have been re-photographed and modified to provide a consistent appearance to illustrate this short visual story. Pine Lake is produced in a Limited Edition of 25, with a price of $150.00 USD per book plus shipping (and taxes where applicable).

I hope you enjoy it.



price increase to $250 on 2/01/2014 as edition is almost sold out. For the three remaining editions, the price is now $350.00 each.

August 18th, 2017: Pine Lake is now available from Arcana: Books on the Arts (Culver City, CA)








  1. […] terminar, te dejo los comentarios de Douglas Stockdale sobre el libro en sus dos blogs, The Photobook y Singular Images, así como la página dedicada al libro en su sitio […]

    Pingback by Douglas Stockdale – Pine Lake — December 4, 2013 @ 10:22 am

  2. Lovely book. Lovely everything here. Thank you for doing this and keeping up with these books. Perceant commentary written in simple language is not an easy trick to pull off, and you do it every time with these artists. Cheers.

    Comment by William Keckler — February 16, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

  3. […] juxtapositions. A more recent predecessor to Bluewater Shore is Douglas Stockdale’s Pine Lake, reviewed previously; it shares a similar image presentation format with Bluewater Shore, which is its […]

    Pingback by Douglas Stockdale – Bluewater Shore | The PhotoBook — April 28, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

  4. […] on the Arts, which is located in Culver City (CA) and present my three books; Bluewater Shore, Pine Lake and […]

    Pingback by Books at Arcana: Books on the Arts | Doug Stockdale's Singular Images — August 18, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

  5. […] and marketing photo books, and as an author of a number of them himself (In Passing, Ciociaria, Pine Lake, Bluewater Shore), he is able to lay out logical and creative patterns for planning and doing […]

    Pingback by Douglas Stockdale – Guide to Self-Publishing an Indie Artist Book | The PhotoBook Journal — November 3, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

  6. […] and marketing photo books, and as an author of a number of them himself (In Passing, Ciociaria, Pine Lake, Bluewater Shore), he is able to lay out logical and creative patterns for planning and doing […]

    Pingback by Douglas Stockdale – Guide to Self-Publishing an Indie Artist Book | SoCal PhotoExchange — November 3, 2017 @ 3:43 pm

  7. […] featured or reviewed the following other books by Douglas Stockdale:  Ciociaria, In Passing, Pine Lake, Bluewater Shore, and Guide to Self-Publishing an Indie Artist […]

    Pingback by Douglas Stockdale – Middle Ground / En Medio Tierra | The PhotoBook Journal — May 31, 2018 @ 2:43 pm

  8. […] into a larger edition size. I shared my personal experience of creating a unique artist book (Pine Lake), and the challenges to expand on this to produce multiples of this concept and how this involved […]

    Pingback by Artist books – challenge of multiples | The PhotoBook Journal — August 30, 2018 @ 1:44 pm

  9. […] by Edizioni Punctum (still available), and my three self-published limited edition artist books; Pine Lake (sold out), Bluewater Shore (just a few left) and this year, Middle Ground (still […]

    Pingback by 10 years of photo book inspirations | Doug Stockdale's Singular Images — November 12, 2018 @ 9:43 am

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