The following photos by South Carolinian Jim Reed come from an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in DC.
One of The Pink Flamingo’s dirty little secrets is the desire to go chase tornadoes. When I lived in South Carolina, they would form almost over the parents’ property, then move elsewhere to do their damage. Before I renovated it, a tornado took the roof off my father’s old flour mill.
Where I live in NM is where the weather systems for many of the worst tornado outbreaks form. Fortunately I live in an area between two mountain ranges. Once upon a time there was a little F-1 about 10 miles from where I live. Several times funnels have tried to form, but the wind currents off the mountains, which are a minimum of 9,000 feet at their summits just ruin them. It is nice not to live in terror.
Down the road, in Roswell, it’s a whole different story.
I’ve been there when the storms form, but have never seen a tornado.
Jim Reed, who lives in South Carolina photographs tornadoes.
“…Jim’s fascination in weather began as a young boy thanks to a variety of severe storms in his home town of Springfield, Illinois, which included tornadoes, blizzards, ice storms, floods. In 1969, Jim and his mother, Audrey, found themselves trapped by the outer bands of historic hurricane Camille while returning from a family vacation near Mississippi. Moving into writing, producing and directing, it wasn’t until 1991 after seeing footage from two Wichita photojournalists riding out an F-5 tornado, that he turned his eyes, and lens, to the sky. With 2010 marking his 19th consecutive year in the field, Jim is now focusing on his first love – meteorological art. It may come as no surprise that Jim is considering switching gears and slowing down. ‘I’m setting new goals for 2010,’ he said, explaining that the pace of editorial photography doesn’t appeal to him as much as the art. ‘I want to shoot less and exhibit more.’ Jim currently has images being shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC in conjunction with the new Sargent and the Sea exhibit about artist John Singer Sargent….”