Weather Patterns Project Information
"We have a fatal weakness: a failure to perceive incremental change" - George Monbiot
Visualizing milestones in climate breakdown
"Initiated in 2011 Weather Patterns is a long-term project recording and marking events in the changing global climate system. This anecdotal archive, functioning as memory, records, encodes, and stores these milestones of climate breakdown.
Each day I make a single photograph using a consistent set of parameters with location, focal length, aperture and framing - resulting in a sizeable archive of images. At a later date, when I become aware of a new record, I draw on this archive to create these large-scale composite works. While some individual days appear as a milestone most of these emblematic compilations combine many days into a single work, enabling the viewer to see wide swaths of historical records at a glance. Most of the final works take weeks, months or up to a year to complete.
As climate breakdown advances, and records are broken with increasing regularity, the construction of a photo-series that enforced bearing conscious witness to the changes occurring was of particular interest to me. Indeed, there are now so many of these events occurring that it is a difficult task to keep track of them. This on-going diary enables a process of both witness and memorial to the slow violence being imposed on the natural world.
As the earth shifts into an anthropogenic, less hospitable climate, recording and acknowledging even this minuscule slice of geological history - in the transition from what may be humanity's environmental 'Golden Age' - seems a worthy task."