While developing my Anthropogenic Crisis series, I was reminded that while we lived in the Midwest, a really bad omen for a severe change in the weather was a greenish tint to the looming cloud clover. Usually that had meant that a tornado was likely forming somewhere close by. Scientist point out that only a greenish tint will occur if the cloud is very deep, which generally only occurs in thunderstorm clouds. Those are the kind of storms that may produce hail and tornadoes.
Likewise, scientist continue to point out the continuing climate changes that indicates an over-warming of the earth. From a practical indication, French wineries are planting vineyards in England and even Norway, both locations not exactly even know for weather warm enough to grow grapes. Now the grapes and subsequent wines are amazingly good from England and other Norther European countries, while there are terrible harvests occurring in the traditional wine regions of France. Similarly in the United States, we can look at the bumper crops from the wineries in the northern regions of Oregon and Washington State.
Regretfully, the climate changes that is creating global warming, now most say global ‘heating’, appears to be proceeding unabated into 2022. During the holidays I was reflecting on which environmental protection groups I should be supporting, while the answer may be all of them, these organizations at best only indirectly effect polices to reverse climate change. In the past, when the climate change was moving at a much slower pace, supporting these types of groups would probably suffice. I think today that climate change has become a huge political issue, as only the politicians, either at the state or national level, can really implement effect policy changes that will effect our climate. Why our vote matters more than every.
Our weather is now actively warning us of the growing environmental issues, we just need to look up and pay attention.
I am attempting to make that same visual point with my greenish sea-scape, above, which includes a few conceptual twists to increase the ambiguity as a surreal weather warning alert. Danger, danger, danger; bad weather ahead!
Workshops and Portfolio Reviews
Southeast Center for Photography (SEC4P): Creative PhotoBook workshop (Sold Out), a virtual event on Zoom; January 22 & 23 and 29 & 30, 2022, 10am – 1pm, EST (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy).
Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP): Exposure Weekend, virtual portfolio reviews, which I am one of the many portfolio reviewers available, January 27 – 30th, 2022, details here.
Medium Photo: Developing a Creative Photo Book, a virtual (Zoom) workshop I will be leading again in conjunction with Medium Photo on: March 5th & 6th and then March 12th & 13th, 2022, from 9am to noon, PST. More details and sign-up available now at Medium Photo.
Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC): Developing a Creative Photo Book, a virtual (Zoom) workshop I will be leading on Saturday & Sunday, May 14th & 15th and then Saturday & Sunday 21st and 22nd, 2022, from 1pm to 4pm Mountain Time (MT). Registration is open with discounts for members.