by Ben Young
Clouds are inextricably woven into the fabric of culture and survival. This is particularly true in Portland, where the clouds hold a mythic influence over the city. Clouds affect the industries, architecture, fashion, and food of Portland, as well as the moods and other behaviors of the city’s inhabitants.
Based on the first taxonomy of clouds, the International Cloud Atlas (1896), Ben Young's Clouds exists at the intersection of art, meteorology, and design. The images in Clouds were created by photographing sculptures representing cloud formations as described by the Atlas. Although that original book now dwells in relative obscurity, it is the most extensive document ever produced dedicated to the description of clouds.