CLIMATE SIMULATOR 2012/13

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Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, optics

Ongoing project combining installation, physics demonstrations, optics and photography. This image shows a miniature evening skyscape in a fishbowl, mimicking cloud formation and light scattering that occurs in the Earth's atmosphere on a macro scale.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Méadhbh O'Connor. 'Climate Simulator' setup.

Main equipment used to create the photographs.

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Stratocumulus translucidus with evening sun.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Model for high noon.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Cirrocumulus Cloud.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Dust bowl.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

'Supercell tornado. Mature stage.'
Tornado modelled for the photograph by making a magnetic rotor.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Hunter's Moon with atmospheric dust. Simulation.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Circumzenithal arc.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Nacreous cloud with earth shadow. Simulation.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Ash cloud and crepuscular ray.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Simulated rain shaft.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Noctilucent Cloud.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Thunderclap.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Lenticular Cloud.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Contrail.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

Meadhbh O'Connor, contemporary art, photography, atmospheric optics

Moonrise with breaking surf.
All images in this slideshow were made with a plain white lightsource, a fish bowl, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.
© Meadhbh O'Connor

CLIMATE SIMULATOR, 2012/13

A photographic series, which involves modelling atmospheric optics (for instance rayleigh scattering, tyndall effect etc.), as well as other atmospheric physical processes (such as cloud formation, air currents etc) using very minimal equipment – a plain white lightsource, a fish bow or tank, water, a colloidal substance and a camera.  Climate Simulator combines simple scientific experiments with techniques used in film before the development of CGI. Through this novel project, the macro conditions that lead to the colour of the sky, weather conditions, and other atmospheric phenomena are physically modelled. By controlling temperature, density, motion, light intensity & viewing angle; various images that mimic Earth’s atmospheric conditions are created. In other instances the captured images are the result of sheer chance.

This project aims to demonstrate how the interaction of a few simple elements can produce a huge range of outcomes, as seen in the chaos of weather and other natural systems. The project also aims to reflect the increasing presence of climate change in the collective psyche. The title of each photograph is named after the natural phenomenon it resembles.

All modelling in these photographs is physical – no coloured studio lighting, and minimal digital intervention is used. The project continues.

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