The 2021-2022 school year was the closest thing to “normal” that many of us have felt since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UO started the year with reduced capacity: in-person classes paired with a mask mandate. Toward the end of winter term, the state of Oregon ended the mask mandate, and when spring came around, life felt similar to how it was before the pandemic. Throughout this year, the Daily Emerald photo desk documented life around Eugene blossoming as a flower does. From the return of football games at Autzen, to the protests in response to the overruling of Roe v. Wade, the Emerald photo desk is proud to present the 2021-2022 visual timeline.
The position of photo editor this past year taught me so much not only about holding a managerial position, but also about myself as a photographer and human being. This year was a rollercoaster and quite frankly a nonstop work schedule. That being said, there is not one thing I would change. To my fellow editors of the Emerald, thank you for being patient with me and being the best part of my Sunday this past year. I can’t express my gratitude to the photo desk enough. Working with these photojournalists was without a doubt the most fulfilling and joyful experience I have had at the University of Oregon. The Daily Emerald photo desk members are Maddie Stellingwerf, Will Geschke, Serei Hendrie, Liam Sherry, Ali Watson, Marry Grosswendt, Jackson Knox, Paige Rodriguez, Molly McPherson, Jonathan Suni and myself.
I will be stepping back as photo editor for the next school year and taking up the position of senior photographer. Maddie Stellingwerf will be filling the position of photo editor, and I could not be more excited to see the great things she will accomplish.
- Ian Enger, 2021-22 photo editor