As 2022 draws to a close, I take a few moments to reflect on the year that was. I hope everyone reading this has had a fun safe and fulfilling holiday season, and wish you the happiest of new years. I have never been one of those new year new me kind of guys, nor am I one of those new years resolutions fans. Rather, I like to take a look at the photographic work I accomplished during the year and set some realistic goals for the coming months. As with any art, I always go into a new year knowing full well that sometimes the year to come will yield a trove of new work, and other times not. As followers of my writing and photography, I invite you to take heart that I continue to create work even during quiet social media times.
2022 marks the biggest year yet for my photography. As I write this, my Landscapes of the Body project finishes its two-year solo exhibition in San Francisco. I am so grateful to Lighthouse for the Blind and everyone there who supported the exhibition, including an awesome refresh of the show allowing me to crate audio descriptions for each piece in the exhibition. I continue to create images for this collection and have been humbled by the amazing people who allow me to capture their beauty and add it to the project.
I have showings scheduled, for 2023, and if you would like to exhibit this work in your establishment drop me a message at my email firstname.lastname@example.org The project is a multi-sensorial experience featuring tactile versions of the work alongside the traditional black and white prints. Audio descriptions for each piece are provided and accessed via QR code with any smartphone.
This year Laura Cococcia interviewed me and created a great article on my work. Speaking of interviews, Shout Out Colorado interviewed me about my photography and really made me think about the inner workings of my inspirations when it comes to photography. Last but certainly not least, a big thank you to Accessible Journeys Magazine for interviewing me and giving me a platform to share travel tips and tricks for the blind and visually impaired. If you would like to read any of the articles you can find links to them on my website here: https://tahquechi.com/media-coverage/
Something that came out of the blue this year for me was Afluencer naming me #14 of The Top 35 Social Media Influencers Over 50. I love social media and create photo and travel content as often as I can. Being called out for it makes all the work worth it, thank you Affluencer.
I was also invited to participate in The Imagination Collaboration, a yearly event held in Boulder Co. I participated in a discussion panel about work, art and inspiration. Such a great time.
This year, I plan to enhance my photography education, and create more portraiture and studio work. I still have a very large project I am working on waiting in the wings. Events fell into place in 2022 to allow me to complete the photographic portion of the project, and now I am working on a marketing plan, editing the images, and writing audio descriptions for each of the pieces to be displayed. I’m still working with leaders in the travel and hospitality industry on ways to make travel more accessible for blind and visually impaired travelers, and continue to create articles with tips and tricks for vision impaired travelers on my Blind Travels website www.blindtravels.com
A huge thank you goes out to all the amazing people who read my musings on photography and travel. It seems like every year we set a new record with more people seeing the content, and I can’t thank you enough for the support, shares participation and comments.
Every day I am grateful to have this platform, and thankful for those that take the time to read these words. Have an amazing and safe New Year, see you in 2023!