Anthropogenic Crisis – The Last Iceberg – update

Anthropogenic Crisis: The Last Iceberg – copyright 2022 Douglas Stockdale

I just love submission deadlines; these just seem to inspire me to actually get something done. LoL.

In this case, it’s a submission deadline for a singular project to Lenscratch by January 6th. And at the moment, I have more than one artist project in progress, so then, which to submit? Second part, what photographs to submit since most, if not all, of my projects are a work in progress? Lessons learned is that this open submission is more of long term process, chances are that if my artwork is selected, it may not be featured until late 2023. Thus, work with what I have in hand for the submission and as more artwork is developed, update my website accordingly.

After a little bit of internal debate, the clear submission winner for me is my Anthropogenic Crisis series as this relates to my ongoing environmental concerns that I voiced in an article I wrote last week related to this series. As I continue to work on this series, I had earlier thought that it was morphing into a multitude of small series; Warming Water, Last Iceberg, Melting City, etc and with a little bit of time, I think that I have a unifying working title: Anthropogenic Crisis: The Last Iceberg. Interestingly, at the beginning of 2022, this was my first concept for how this series might progress as I wrote here. For me, sometimes it just takes a little bit of time to allow a series come into focus. Did not help that much of 2022 was absorbed in the publication of my recent artist book, The Flow of Light Brushes the Shadow.

What has made a difference in how I perceive this series is realizing that I want to create a narrative, not have a collection of similar appearing landscapes; e.g. 30 photographs of what might be The Last Iceberg. I think that reframing this body of work will also help push me forward with my pre-visualization of the eventual publication for this series. That while the Last Iceberg might eventually be floating free, due to the immense future climate changes, other things will be happening concurrently; the ocean’s water will be heating (Warm Water) to the extent that all of the world’s glaciers will be gone, mankind will probably be extinct and slowly the ruin of all of the man-built structures (Melting City) will occur. Yep, not a pretty picture for our future if we don’t make immediate chances to reverse climate changes. Note that I did not state slow or stop climate changes, maybe already too late for that, so for our survival, we need to work on reversing climate change to start cooling our vast oceans. A bit pessimistic, I know, but I am an optimistic that we can make the necessary changes, but we need more people on board helping to implement change, thus the reason for this artwork. To try to illustrate the dire consequences ahead.

So the first phase was selecting the supporting photographs for this new refined vision. Done. Then updating my website for this revision, which I just completed today, here. One of my new photographs for this series is included above. I am currently working on a first draft of my artist statement to include in my submission and having the refined portfolio will provide some additional focus on my writing. I hope to have this artist statement pretty much complete tomorrow so that I can sleep on it before making the Lenscratch submission. Cool!

This in turn will help me prepare for some exhibition submissions (my work or as a curator as I did in 2022 for SouthEast Center of Photography) as well as start work on a book-dummy. fun, fun, fun!

Cheers & make every day an Earth Day



 The Flow of Light Brushes the Shadow, an artist book from Singular Images Press, Fall 2022 release, $60.00 (CA sales tax for those residing in the USA) plus shipping expenses. Message me or singularimagespress@gmail for shipping details and PayPal invoice.

Note: The Artist Special Edition (book + extra print) is Sold Out

Book workshop:

Southeast Center for Photography (SEC4P): Creative PhotoBook workshop, (Sold Out) a virtual event on Zoom; February 25, 26 & March 4 & 5th 2023; from 10am – 1 pm, EST (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy). 


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