Untitled, copyright 2016 Douglas Stockdale
January 1st is a day to speculate about the future, while taking a moment to reflect on the past year. In this post, I will be looking back at this last year, thus honking my horn. But first and foremost, I am very happy for my health, my family and all of my friends.
I continued to work on two photographic projects, Memory Pods and In Passing – Lest I Forget, as well as being juried into a group photographic exhibition this summer at BC Gallery in Laguna Beach. I was asked to participate in FotoBookFestival (Kassel, Germany) earlier in the spring, nominating one of my favorite photobooks by Kate Nolan, which was published in 2014. I now have one of photographs on long-term display at the administration offices of the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), which was curated into OCCCA in 2014.
I am not actively seeking photographic assignments due to the demands of my current day-job in pharmaceutical development, thus I appreciated the opportunity to be the event photographer on two occasions for OCMA. These were fun and unlike the pressure of my early days photographing weddings.
As a photobook collector and reviewer, I added to my growing library and posted 41 photobook reviews on my blog The PhotoBook, which is now coming on a million reads since I started posting and currently has 18,000+ followers.
Infrastructure changes included a new web site and upgrade to PhotoShelter to leverage their great capabilities, upgrade PhotoShop to CC and acquired a Conon 5D Mark III camera body.
Although not spectacular year, it was all good and a very good year ;- )