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.
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.
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.
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