With our global climate in a state of flux, the primary circulations in the lower atmosphere are changing in unexpected ways. The tropical and sub-tropical zones are slowly expanding towards the poles. At shorter timescales, the polar vortices can be weakened and frigid air drawn down to the temperate regions. Both of these large-scale phenomena facilitate the sudden mixing of hot and cold air-masses and raise the frequency and intensity of thunderstorms, as well as seed other extreme events such as tornados. Increasingly people are living on the coast and spectacular displays of lightning over the ocean are more often experienced. While these storms may be appreciated for their electrical beauty, the destructive quality of the powerful winds and potential encroachment of the sea need to be respected.
Karen Lunney is a contemporary photographic artist working out of Brisbane and North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. Her work investigates the liminal space - a state of transition, a place of possibility, where one thing has ceased and another not yet started. All levels of existence share in this phenomenon. The light of dawn and dusk, the ocean-land interface and the migration of animals all represent forms of liminality. The cultural transitions of peoples forced to westernise, not sure what culture to save into their new modernity and the climatic changes causing paroxysms around the globe both produce uncertainties for the future with consequences for many. AX3 Photographer of the Year 2014 Nominee (four photos) Colour Awards 2015 Published in National Geographic book "Getting Your Shot", 2015 Finalist in the Lensculture Exposure Awards 2015 International Wildlife Photographer of the Year (IPA), 2014 International Nature Photographer of the year (IPA), 2014 A Lucie Awards Nominee (IPA), 2014 Fourth in the professional photojournalism category of the 2013 and fourth in the wildlife category of the 2014 International Loupe Awards. Finalist in the 2014 Smithsonian Photographic competition, Finalist in the 2014 and 2015 HIPA competition out of Dubai, Finalist in the 2014 Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, Nominee in the Black and White Spider Awards Finalist in the 2014 Doug Moran Contemporary Photography Award. Her work has been published in "Mono" - a book of black and white images published by 1x.com and in "Creating the Future" - a book created from the finalists of the HIPA, Dubai 2014. Her images will be in the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photography Exhibition 2014 and the Doug Moran Contemporary Photography Travelling Exhibition (until October 2015). She will be featured in the 2014 IPA Annual. Her work has been featured in the The Annual (2014) of the Australian professional magazine Capture and in the January 2015 issue of Australian Photography + digital magazine. Her work has been featured in several news and on-line publications and many of her photojournalism images are available via the Solent News and Photo Agency and Offset.