David Blanchard has been photographing the weather and outdoor environment for more than three decades. He got his start as a photographer for a weather research project in Florida in the mid-1970s. His job was to photodocument the thunderstorms during the course of the day so that there would be a visual record to accompany the scientific data collected.
From these simple beginnings, David has continued to photograph the sky. He has amassed a large number of photographs displaying the many moods of the weather. His photographic specialization has remained thunderstorms and severe weather, including hailstorms and tornadoes.
After leaving Florida for Colorado in the early 1980s, he began to photograph the majestic Colorado backcountry on many of his backpacking and hiking trips. Now he finds himself in Arizona which presents a new challenge and opportunity for sky, landscape, and recreational photographs.
The photographer has had many of his weather and cloud photographs published in magazines and books. His work has appeared in
The Martian Climate Revisited: Atmosphere and Environment of a Desert Planet World Meteorological Organization: International Cloud Atlas Skywatch West: The Complete Weather Guide (2nd Ed.) SkyWatch: The Western Weather Guide (1st ed.) Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere Audobon Field Guide to Weather SIRS Year in Review 1998 Chasing Tornadoes Discover Magazine Weatherwise
“…What I most enjoy about photographing the weather and clouds is that there will rarely, if ever, be two identical situations. Every cloud is different and even after many years of photographing the sky, I have few images that are duplicates. It also means that there are many cloud formations that I haven’t yet experienced and I look forward to seeing those…”