Weather Patterns Project Information
"We have a fatal weakness: a failure to perceive incremental change."
A diary visualizing milestones in climate breakdown
Early in 2011 I began to notice an increase in the number of global temperature records being broken. As I digested these milestones month after month, I realized I was losing track of earlier events and felt the need to memorialize them in some way. I was moved to begin this anecdotal archive, functioning as memory - a record encoded, stored, and perhaps retrieved someday to inform an unknown future.
Initiated in 2011, Weather Patterns is a long-term project recording and marking events in the changing world climate system. Each day I am home I make one 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 now seems so many of these events occurring that it is a difficult task to keep track of them. This on-going project enables a process of both witness and memorial to the slow violence that is being imposed on the natural world.
As the earth shifts into an anthropogenic, less hospitable climate, acknowledging and recording even a small part of the transition from what may be humanity's environmental 'Golden Age' seems a worthy task.