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.
"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 are now 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 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."