Hongqiao nightscape – a second look

Hongqaio, night copyright Douglas Stockdale 2008 Sometimes I find that I get into a mode in which I assume what I see is what is 'really' there versus paying attention to what is actually there. Case in point is the night landscape, above, that I made many years ago in China and for some dang... Continue Reading →

Anxiety as an investigative narrative

Middle Ground series Copyright Douglas Stockdale First, I have to admit that this has been an interesting year, with the start of this horrific COVID-19 pandemic, the need to stay at home during quarantine and eliminating most social contacts. Coupled with new adventures in Zoom and other means of distant personal connections. I think we... Continue Reading →

Landscape as part of a Narrative

This is another urban landscape photograph that I am considering for my Instant Nomad Chronicles series as a follow up to my previous landscape article. This photograph could provide some background 'color' to my narrative about anxiety and travel. This would provide a broader environmental context that essentially sets the stage for where all of... Continue Reading →

Environmental context

copyright Douglas Stockdale While creating my visual narrative Instant Nomad to help add some environmental context, e.g. where this part of the story is happening, I have been evaluating a series of moody urban landscape images. I do not think that I need many of these photographs, just enough to help set the stage for... Continue Reading →

Time Travel

Copyright Douglas Stockdale I am using some 'down-time' between pitching my book-dummy for Instant Nomad to a few publishers for me to reconsider my edit of the book's content. In this case I have a few photographs in the book-dummy that are very ambiguous as to the subject and place, which are very abstract and... Continue Reading →

Developing a Book-dummy PDF – part 2

In my previous article, I provided the stating frame work for creating a low resolution book-dummy using Blurb for publisher submissions or obtaining feedback from friends. For those who have used Burb to create a book pdf, you are probably aware of one of the major drawbacks that I discussed earlier; the resulting two-page spreads... Continue Reading →

Developing a Book-dummy PDF

First, fair warning, to cover this subject it is going to take a couple of posts, so this is the first of two. The second article is linked up here. As many of you know, I lead a book development workshop that gets into the nitty-gritty of defining a book project, the big edit of... Continue Reading →

Developing a storytelling context

While working on my Instant Nomad series, I felt that I needed to introduce a bit more 'environmental' context for this story, that this could be about a business (professional) person who is traveling and the resulting anxiety that occurs. Although I find more individuals are bring their portable computer even while on a holiday.... Continue Reading →

Thinking about blue

While working on my book-dummy for Instant Nomad, I found myself thinking about the color blue, perhaps in part because I am in a bit of blue mood. Initially I was considering a middle gray for the endpapers to hold the hard covers on and I now find myself rethinking this design element. So I... Continue Reading →

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