Anthropogenic Crisis – Warming Water

Anthropogenic Crisis No 081511 (Warming Water) copyright 2016/2022 Douglas Stockdale –

One of the wonderful aspects of my Anthropogenic Crisis series is that my curiosity about global heating has resulted in what I think is a better understanding of what in the hell is going on about climate change. The science behind our climate problems is really intriguing as well as down-right scary. Now instead of talking in generalities about reducing our ‘carbon footprint’, I need to get specific as to what are the greenhouse gases (Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, Fluorinated gases) and what are these doing. How the various greenhouse gases trap more energy from the sun in earth’s atmosphere, which results in how the oceans (70% of the earth’s surface) continue to absorb the resulting heat that has been trapped. Thus the ocean’s water is steading getting warmer that results in an increase in our weather havoc.

In thinking about this over the weekend it is the warming ocean water we really need to become more aware of and concerned about. That is what needs to change; the rate at which the ocean continues to heat up. The ocean’s temperature change is the canary in the coal mine relating to climate change. This additional information also helps me focus on which aspect of my Anthropogenic Crisis might be more critical as a thematic subject for my series, as I have created a broad and diverse portfolio that really lacked a specific focus.

I am now working on a Warming Water series for the Anthropogenic Crisis project. Very cool and maybe the first photographic book to be developed from this project. Btw, I will admit for the title of this series, I am not absolutely sure if it should it be ‘Warming Water(s)’, ‘Warm Waters’, or the very simple ‘Warm Water’. Or maybe Hot Water?? sigh. I really need to finish my artistic statement and perhaps that will help me with finalizing the title for this series. The ocean water is warming, the ocean is become a sea of warm water and there are many bodies of water that comprise this ocean. So if I am developing a call to action, it should be about the concern for the Warming Water of earth’s collective oceans.

The photograph above is a seascape that I photographed in north San Diego county where the I-5 freeway skirts south adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. An unusually cloudy sky I think sets the mood and my surrealistic treatment teases out what I think is an ominous and dangerous appearance. As I wrote in a previous article, a greenish tint to clouds is a fair warning as a lurking danger that is developing, thus this photograph represents a weather warning as to what Mother Earth is attempting to tell us.

Best regards,



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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