New exhibition project: “Schönwetter? – Wenn der Himmel seine Schleusen öffnet.” at the Mauritianum Museum of Natural History. The new exhibition by Marco Rank now also shows cloud shapes, tornadoes, lightning, ice fog halos, northern lights and more in Altenburg. Storms and their potential danger are discussed in cooperation with the Thüringer Storm Chaser e.V. due to the striking and damaging heavy rain event of June 5th 2021 in Altenburg with over 50 liters of water per square meter. In addition to risks, Rank wants to raise awareness of the aesthetics and diversity of nature and discuss the importance of weather events in the climate crisis.
21.06.2022 7 pm Vernissage with opening lecture
06.10.2022 7 pm “Storm Chasing – Von der Leidenschaft Unwettern zu begegnen” (“Storm Chasing – About the passion to encounter storms”)
08.11.2022 7 pm “Wetterküche Thüringen – Über Blitze, Wolken und Tornados im Freistaat” (“Brewing up a storm in – About lightnings, clouds and tornadoes in Thuringia”) w/ Markus Weggässer (Thüringer Storm Chaser e.V.)


Fascination for Light and Weather

The interplay of light and weather leads to unique sky spectacles. As an autodidactic photographer (*1986) I exhibit photographs of atmospheric and meteorological phenomena, which for me are the result of an intimate experience of nature. With Storm Chasing, this passion finds its climax. Decisions in quick succession lead to a fleeting and far too short encounter with the elements.

While photography offered me an opportunity to discover the aesthetic diversity of nature and to locate myself in the world, as a sociologist I am concerned with the rôle of the individual in nature. My works are thus purposely created in a field of tension between documentation and stylistic-emotional framing. While on the one hand I would like to underline the grace and drama of natural phenomena, on the other hand I see the necessity of a sober representation in a medially regularly over-excited world.

With the exhibition “Storm Chaser – Fascination for Light and Weather” from March to July 2018 at the University Hospital Jena, a first catalogue with 48 photographs from over 10 years of nature experiences has been created. You can view these and many more photographs in the constantly expanding gallery. My references and, among other things, information about individual and personally signed prints can be found under work. I write about selected storm chasings and nature encounters under stories. Have fun! I’m looking forward to your inquiry via contact. Yours Marco Rank

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