Looking ahead at 2022

Anthropogenic Crisis No. 103246 (Pathway Ahead) copyright 2021 Douglas Stockdale

Usually during the time of the holidays between Christmas and New Years I find it to be a great time for self-reflection on what has this past year brought and what might be in store for the year ahead. Normally this would be a two-part series, bragging about 2021, such as I did last December about 2020, and then speculating on 2022. While there are some things to self-promote from 2021, my concerns are more focused on what is yet to come.

So the quickie for the 2021 year: February the solo exhibition of Memory Pods at the Photographers Eye, continuing my curiosity about the visualization of Quantum Mechanics, more insight about my underlying anxiety and a new introduction published for Middle Ground, a refocusing on this mental health issue that resulted in a mashed-up to earlier projects that resulted in a new visualization and book-dummy of The Flow of Light Brushes the Shadow, which a couple of publishers have expressed an interest in, more sold-out book workshops and working in conjunction with some photographers to help develop their concept. Oh, and sold some books.

The end of this year was starting a strong focus on current issues of global heating (which used to be called global ‘warming’), thus the start of a new project, Anthropogenic Crisis, investigating a looming natural disaster that is caused by the actions (or inactions) of mankind. So this is re-ordering many of my priorities, such as instead of the using my energy to self-publish The Flow of Light Brushes the Shadow, work with someone else to get’er done.

So I am clearing the deck of some items to make more time available to develop my Anthropogenic Crisis series and see what I might be able to do to inspire others to take this global heating issue more seriously. Think global, act local; such as voting for those who recognize the need to make policy changes to counter-act the on-going climate changes disaster.

Also becoming more intentional in my recent artwork, such as the landscape image above. I photographed it this morning; we do not have very much dramatic cloud cover in Southern California that often, so when provided this opportunity, I am trying to take as much advantage of it as I can. This image is metaphoric for what could the sky (and earth) tell us that we might not realize about the changing climate conditions? What can’t we as humans see? What might be the path ahead? Like this abstract landscape, guessing that this question, like this image, is an ambiguous and daunting mystery.

I am also thinking of which climate change advocacy (non-profit) organization that I can donate a percentage of print sales; so a little side investigation and more about this later for 2022.

Cheers,

Doug

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Workshops and Portfolio Reviews

Southeast Center for Photography (SEC4P): Creative PhotoBook workshop (Sold Out), a virtual event on Zoom; January 22 & 23 and 29 & 30, 2022, 10am – 1pm, EST (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy).

Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP): Exposure Weekend, virtual portfolio reviews, which I am one of the many portfolio reviewers available, January 27 – 30th, 2022, details here.

Medium Photo: Developing a Creative Photo Book, a virtual (Zoom) workshop I will be leading again in conjunction with Medium Photo on: March 5th & 6th and then March 12th & 13th, 2022, from 9am to noon, PST. More details and sign-up available now at Medium Photo.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC): Developing a Creative Photo Book, a virtual (Zoom) workshop I will be leading on Saturday & Sunday, May 14th & 15th and then Saturday & Sunday 21st and 22nd, 2022, from 1pm to 4pm Mountain Time (MT). Registration is open with discounts for members.

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