Accumulation

For centuries people have struggled to accurately forecast the weather. In modern societies, many individuals appear to be detached from the weather, yet our dependence on it is obvious when we consider severe storms, extreme temperatures, drought and other natural disasters. Over a period of 44 months and 26 days, I photographed different cloud types occurring in the atmosphere. These photos were taken daily, sometimes multiple times a day. This time-based study of the clouds was a way of investigating my personal relationship with the weather while grounding me in the present conditions of each photograph taken. Pausing to observe the sky and document it became a daily ritual. Of the thousands of photographs some are easily identifiable as specific cloud types found in weather field guides, yet many others represent skies in various states of change. The impermanent states of the clouds are what became most fascinating to me over time. After all, the weather is always shifting, culminating, disappearing—changing.

 

Over the next 12 months and 5 days I grouped, identified and edited the images. From this mass of accumulated photographs, I distilled it down to 27 representations of the most common cloud types that occur in the sky. I selected one image of each specific cloud type and transferred it into a wet plaster medium onto the shape of its corresponding international weather symbol. The act of transferring the images imbues each fresco surface with subtle variations making each object, like clouds- entirely unique. The international weather symbols are used worldwide by maritime travelers and pilots navigating the sea and sky, but their use is limited due to the sky’s constant states of flux. The power held in the meaning of these symbols is transient and fleeting. Ultimately, this work indexes the unpredictable forces that dramatically affect all life on earth and invites you to take a closer look at the sky above.