Stephen Locke and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg find beauty in bad weather – in thunderstorms and tornadoes, wall clouds and shelf clouds, spectacular displays of lightning and supercells inspiring equal parts apprehension and awe. Locke, a photographer from Roeland Park, Kansas, has gained national renown for the images he has captured while chasing storms across the Midwest. Mirriam-Goldberg, who served as Kansas’ poet laureate from 2009-13, complements those photos with verse.
They teamed on the book Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image and a related exhibit, Chasing Weather, on display at the Central Library through May 29, 2016. Locke and Mirriam-Goldberg spotlight their collaboration in a presentation that features both his arresting images and her poetry.