November 2021 saw Storm Arwen, a powerful extratropical cyclone, strike Northern England, Scotland and parts of Wales. The manifestation of deep pressure traveling southwards from the Atlantic Ocean, Arwen recorded the highest winds in the North-East since 1984. The storm left behind a trail of devastation across the UK including 112,000 homes without power, millions of trees uprooted, and 3 fatalities. Despite this catastrophic impact, the mass media coverage of storm Arwen appeared fleeting.
Photographed throughout the storm’s subsequent weeks in and around Will’s local area of Newcastle, this project depicts a sobering visual account of the damage’s extent. He brings to light the immediate effects of climate change through an empathetic depiction of nature; the tangled remains of trees leaving behind a broader, more ominous reminder of what will happen if the UK doesn’t appropriately act against climate change.