World View (a microcosmic perspective on the future of global climate change)
The UN Climate Summit concluded that the world and its climate is at a crossroads. With all the swings in the weather, the extreme heat, and the violent storms, it is understandable for us to worry that the Earth is veering toward disaster! This series of images began when I was using the history feature of Google Earth to search for changes in glaciers, forests, and deserts that have occurred with global warming over the last 20 years. At the same time, I would pause on my daily walks in the woods to study a small spot with roots, moss, leaves and flowers and wonder whether global warming was establishing a local foothold, affecting the fate of this natural niche. For each image I would imagine two climate outcomes, one desirable, one dreaded. The images became sightings of the future planet through a telescope or a closeup field of view observed with a microscope. These World Views are a change in perspective that enlarges upon the importance of climate change to even the smallest part of nature.
Richard Alan Cohen