From the atmosphere is a series of original prints based on weather satellite imagery. Intended to be viewed as pairs of images, the sequence begins with approaching storm which is a satellite-scan image composited from two satellite passes. With each subsequent piece in the series the satellite imagery is increasingly transformed showing a change of view and perspective.
Throughout the series, references are made to false-colour imaging, radar images and isobar charts which are all diagramatic conventions used by science as a way of representing organic, chaotic systems in nature. I like this fusion of old and new. Any sequence, like a weather sequence, lends itself to representing change and gives a context to increasingly abstracted images. Working within this format has allowed me to mirror the changes in nature which occur in both short and long time scales. Science has a way of interpreting and representing nature with which we are now visually familiar. It is from this filtered viewpoint that I have drawn my inspiration for this series.
Portfolio of lithographs and screenprints, 2003,
paper size 56 x 77 cm, image size (each 40 x 57 cm)
Source imagery with permission, courtesy of the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland. www.sat.dundee.ac.uk
Quick-time slide-show showing working stages and imagery created to make the prints Downpour and Projected View