Marcus Henry, Meteorological Station, from Empire

Jon Tonks

Marcus Henry, Meteorological Station, from Empire

Pigment print

101.6 x 101.6 cms (39.93 x 39.93 ins)

2014

HC 10369

Marcus began working at the island's weather station in 1976. The facility is funded by the UK Met Office, and he has been station manager since 1992.
Responsibilities at the station include releasing a weather balloon into the atmosphere each day at precisely 11.15. Data transmitted from measuring equipment attached to the balloon is fed back to the UK.
The 'upper-air observing technique' requires the balloon to be filled with hydrogen, making the exercise potentially dangerous. The mask and goggles are to reduce static. The goggles also protect the eyes in the event of an explosion.



British Photography / The Hyman Collection

Jon Tonks

Marcus Henry, Meteorological Station, from Empire

Pigment print

101.6 x 101.6 cms (39.93 x 39.93 ins)

2014

HC 10369

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