Photo-Weather Project to Begin Thanks to Warren Ellis


I’ve been following Warren Ellis’s tweets and RSS feed for some time now, and once in a while Ellis posts a link to an image with weather stats on it. I was certain it was some sort of app dumping the short weather blurb overtop his photos. I tried to search for it on three separate occasions in the span of a few months.

Sure, Warren Ellis has done some ground-breaking comic work. But, strangely enough, it’s not his writing that makes me interested in him. What interests me about him is his prolific presence online. As I’ve come to learn, he’s always been a bit of an electronic journeyman. He’s been using electronic means to reach, and connect, with his fans for as long as the internet has been around.

This is what makes me one of his fans. I’m a fan of his explorative nature in the digital realm. Something about his unrelenting output speaks to me. And in regards to his (near) daily weather photos, they managed to stay in my thoughts.

You see, it’s not so much the content of the photos that bewitched my attention. It certainly isn’t the need to know the weather in Great Britain either. What speaks to me, still, is the act of repetition. The compulsive nature, imposed on oneself, to follow a pattern. It’s not the single item that’s important. It’s the whole. It’s the collection. The body of work becomes the statement; it becomes the art.

Well, I committed to finding an Instagram weather app: I found InstaWeather Pro for the Android. With it, I hope to follow in the footsteps of Warren Ellis. He’s inspired this compulsive desire to photo-document each day, for at least one month.

The value for me is in finding that small moment, where everything around me can take a back seat. Everything slows down as I seek something that I consider visually appealing enough, to freeze a moment in the day. Thank you, Warren Ellis!

Image Source: – mobilesignals – May 2 2013

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