The Big Cloud

The Big Cloud

Photographer Camille Seaman was vacuuming her living room one day when she caught a glance of a show about storm chasers on TV. “Mom, you should do that,” her 8-year-old daughter said. She took that advice, and was soon tracking down and photographing supercell thunderstorms, tornadoes and mammatus clouds, with pouch-like sacs that droop down. The results are featured in her new book “The Big Cloud” (Princeton Architectural Press, $40).

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You bemoan that God is silent.

I tell you God is speaking quite loudly but you fail to repent.

They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’ But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word? See, the storm of the Lord will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. (Jeremiah 23:17-19)

Opinion Unto Righteousness / Proverbs 18:2 / Timothy Williams
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Monday, May 14, 2018 10:23 AM

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(—The experience of storm chasing “is visceral and multisensory: the smell of the charged particles, the sweetness of the grass, the scent of the pavement just before it rains, the sight of the wind blowing through the cornfields. Not to mention the colors of the clouds and the light of the sky and the lightning,” Ms. Seaman writes. “It’s all so beautiful, so awesome, and so humbling at the same time.” But she also acknowledges the destructive potential. “I always wanted my images to speak to the duality of all things—to speak to the essential truth that there can be beauty in something terrible and vice versa, that there is no creation without destruction.”

Corrections & Amplifications
“The Big Cloud” is published by Princeton Architectural Press. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated it was published by Princeton University Press. (May 11, 2018)