2016 showcased the culmination of a two-year, independent endeavor chronicling six-decades of storm chasing and severe weather research history. A initial 67-minute documentary was completed, screened at select weather-oriented venues across the United States, and ultimately was publicly made available online. The love and support from family, friends and freelance work kept the engine running throughout the entire process, all people and experiences I am extraordinarily grateful for.
The later half of 2016 was a point of creative recharge, recalibration, and self-reflection. At times pure confusion dominated in regards towards expanding the Storm Chasing Anthology to the intended multi-volume idea. Questions where to take this, if at all, beyond the work produced frequently arose; and it was vital to take a extended break away from the content.
Professionally I am returning to full-time work within the multimedia and visual journalism field in 2017. It’s a vital personal balance needed in so many regards, but one that will only continue to propel, expand and inspire assorted styles of collaborative works. With a vast cache of historical material, and 112 (to-date) personal stories recorded over 2014-2015, the drive towards creating a formal publication is in motion. This of course will take personal time, energy and financing to produce, but all remains in the realm of extreme possibility.
Like any art form, further video volumes are intended for production. Those however are fueled by inspired spurts, nor set to any deadline. Stay “YouTubed” for further developments. In most respects, the Storm Chasing Anthology is exactly what it originally intended to be: a ever-evolving, educational archive, preserving the wide-ranging culture and history of severe weather enthusiasts worldwide.
To all, have a safe and enjoyable launch into 2017!
~ Blake Naftel