a selection of photographs from #camille seaman's series “the big cloud,” in which she spent four storm seasons - from may 2008 to june 2012 - traveling throughout tornado alley. here is the transcript from her TED talk:
everything is interconnected. as a shinnecock indian, i was raised to know this. we are a small fishing tribe situated on the southeastern tip of long island. when i was a little girl, my grandfather took me to sit outside in the sun on a hot summer day. there were no clouds in the sky. and after a while i began to perspire. and he pointed up to the sky, and he said, “look, do you see that? that’s part of you up there. that’s your water that helps to make the cloud that becomes the rain that feeds the plants that feeds the animals.”
in my continued exploration of subjects in nature that have the ability to illustrate the interconnection of all life, i started storm chasing in 2008. …i found myself stalking a single type of giant cloud called the super cell. these clouds can grow so big, up to 50 miles wide and reach up to 65,000 feet into the atmosphere, blocking all daylight [and] making it very dark and ominous standing under them.
"when i’m photographing them, i cannot help but remember my grandfather’s lesson. as i stand under them, i see not just a cloud, but understand that what i have the privilege to witness is the same forces, the same process in a small scale version that helped to create our galaxy, our solar system, our sun and even this very planet."