Terri Weifenbach – Cloud Physics
What perceptions do we have of our environment, what is our relationship to the sensitive world? How to capture the elusive in photography? For this new series, Terri Weifenbach is interested in living things, nature, water, air, light, fire, and questions the ability of photography to capture the evanescence of natural and sensitive phenomena. Starting from the study of scientific instruments that measure with great precision meteorological events such as cloud formation, the American photographer invites us to explore the changing, metaphorical character of these impalpable events with all the poetry and finesse that characterize her work.
An exploration of the sensitive in contact with the elements
During a residency at one of the scientific observation sites of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Research Facility (ARM), dedicated to the study of atmospheric phenomena, Terri Weifenbach photographed measuring instruments – installed on a vast plain in Oklahoma – like ready-made. Twilight radiometers, ceilometers, sunphotometers and rain gauges are captured as sentinels recording climate change. Faced with the photographic protocol of these scientific tools, the American photographer deploys an immersive visual corpus: from the salt marshes of St. Catherines Island to the deep valleys of Montana, from the immemorial parks of Nara, Japan, to the Jardin des plantes of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle in Paris, Terri Weifenbach’s images immerse the reader in a nature perceived through its minute variations of light, humidity, and cloudiness. The clouds thicken, are tinged with golden shades, the plant world rustles, sometimes seems to slip away between blur and sharpness, the animal presence is revealed in the hollow of a wood. The photographic gesture becomes perception. Where are we? The reader will know it only at the end…
An essay by Luce Lebart, on the emergence of artists’ interest in meteorological phenomena from the Renaissance to the first scientific studies on clouds published at the dawn of the 19th century, places Terri Weifenbach’s photographic approach in the long artistic quest to try to restore the world’s sensitivity.
Publisher: Atelier EXB
Release: 7th October 2021
Text: Luce Lebart
Languages: French and English
Format: bound, 21 x 28 cm
Pages: 216 pages
Limited edition, in a box numbered from 1 to 30, including the signed book and a print numbered and signed by the artist. Format of the print: 20,5 x 27,5 cm. Produced with the support of Picto Foundation.
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