We see clouds almost every day. Sometimes they form over us in large slate segments, diffusing the sunlight and creating a moody atmosphere. Other times they form as puffs or whisps against a clear blue backdrop, forming recognizable shapes and patterns.
But how often do we step back and consider the clouds?
Although their movement may seem plodding and difficult to perceive, clouds are in constant motion, and they herald changes in temperature and weather.
Clouds recycle moisture that has been evaporated into the atmosphere by the sun back down onto the earth, playing a key role in the water cycle. They form in different ways and at different altitudes according to weather patterns and other factors. Sometimes they indicate the imminent arrival of a storm. Other times, they may indicate rainy weather is a few days away.
Louie Schwartzberg is a storyteller and filmmaker who has been shooting time-lapse photography of nature, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, non-stop. His work compresses time and put you in sync with different forms of life within our interconnected world.
His work makes the invisible visible.
Louie’s camera lens shows us the true nature of clouds, tracing their movement across the skies over longer periods of time, revealing them to be relatively fast-moving objects that are always changing.
“Eighty percent of the information we receive comes through our eyes,” says Louie. “And if you compare light energy to musical scales, it would only be one octave that the naked eye can see, which is right in the middle.” With the help of Louie’s photography, we see beyond our own sight, perceiving glimpses of the true awe and wonder of the natural world.