(1955 - 2014)
I have lived in North Eastern Ohio along the shores of Lake Erie for most of my life. I have found this area to be a particularly rich environment for the creation of unique and dramatic visual performances overhead. For a decade or so I have recorded thousands of images of these skies.
This area has extremely varied types of weather. This weather also often changes very rapidly. These moments of transition, from one weather pattern to another, the approach or departure of storms, line squalls moving over the lake, momentary breaks in clouds etc. are often when the most intriguing formations occur. These instances are often incredibly ephemeral, existing only for an instant.
Recently I have selected some of these images with the intent of creating a series that captures a flow of time and weather themes, starting with emergent scenes of early morning, moving through images of various midday scenes and weather patterns and concluding with pictures captured late in the day.
While these images serve as records of specific moments my primary interest in creating this work has not been documentary but rather the creation of a sort of formal visual poetics.
-Peter Wise 2013