Cal­i­for­nia-based pho­tog­ra­ph­er Mitch Brouner began pho­tograph­ing hur­ri­canes in 2009, at first just as an exper­i­ment. He pho­tographed dra­mat­ic thun­der­storms across the Great Plains in an area called “Tor­na­do Road”. Since then, he has trav­eled and trav­eled over 19,000 miles, vis­it­ing over 14 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. He man­aged to find and pho­to­graph the most extreme storms that can only be on our plan­et. He took all his pic­tures in black and white.

black and white storm

The most famous pho­tog­ra­ph­er in this field is Chris Alling­ton, whose pho­tographs can be viewed in a sep­a­rate col­lec­tion — Chris Alling­ton’s Storm Pho­tos, but Mitch Brouner’s pho­tos are in no way infe­ri­or, and some­times even sur­pass them. The main dif­fer­ence is that all of Mitch’s storms are in black and white. I sug­gest you com­pare the work of these two mas­ters and leave your impres­sions in the com­ments.

dobroner photo
Brouner’s main goal was to search for super­storms, with wind gusts over 100 kilo­me­ters per hour, light­ning, thun­der and hail. This process com­plete­ly cap­tured the pho­tog­ra­ph­er and became an inte­gral part of his life. Mitch com­pares the storm to humans, they are also born, grow, fight the envi­ron­ment, change shape, age and fade. These pho­tographs con­vey the emo­tions and feel­ings of the pho­tog­ra­ph­er at the moment when he stands face to face with the rag­ing ele­ments.

black and white photo of storms
Mitch Brouner received the pres­ti­gious Sony’s Pho­tog­ra­ph­er of the Year 2012 award for his work. His extra­or­di­nary storm pho­tos won out, beat­ing over 112,000 com­pet­ing images from pho­tog­ra­phers rep­re­sent­ing 171 coun­tries. So let’s watch and enjoy…


See also pho­tos of storm clouds in the arti­cle about amaz­ing tsunamis in the sky
black and white storm

See also
Traveling in Ukraine: Three directions