This morning the July 2012 edition of National Geographic officially hit newsstands, and I promptly headed to Meijer to pick up a copy for myself. "Why the rush," you ask? Featured inside is a ten page spread highlighting the awe-inspiring storm photographs of Mitch Dobrowner. (You may remember some such images from a previous post).
Apparently the stock team at Meijer had yet to update the magazine section, and I had to search out an employee to ask where the newest issue was.
Me: Hi, could you help me find the new National Geographic that came out today?
Sassy Lady: Um, those are still packed up in the back.
Me: So… … … then I'll just wait here while you go get one or would you prefer I come with?
Sassy Lady: *sigh + eye roll* One moment, sir.
I'm like a kid in a really windy candy store!
The full "Epic Storms" article may be found on NG's website here and I've taken a couple of quotes from Jeremy Berlin's article for your convenience. Do yourself a favor, though, and splurge the four dollars and get your own copy!
Rope Out, Regan, North Dakota
To document these awe-inspiring tempests, Mitch Dobrowner, a landscape photographer inspired by Ansel Adams and Minor White, teamed with renowned storm chaser Roger Hill, a witness to more than 600 tornadoes. Over the past three years, aided by mobile satellite data, radar imaging, and more, the pair have stalked some 45 weather systems over 16 states and 40,000 miles, sometimes driving 900 miles in a day to capture a moment. “With storms,” says Dobrowner, “it’s like shooting a sporting event. Things happen so quickly, I really have to adapt.”
Vapor Cloud, Near Clayton, New Mexico
Indeed, both Dobrowner and Hill see supercells as living things: born under the right conditions, gaining strength as they grow, changing shape and form, fighting for their life, eventually dying. Not that personifying them removes the danger. In the still wild West, says Hill, storms demand admiration and respect. “I feel honored to be shooting them,” says Dobrowner. “If I’m going to go, let me go like this.”
As always, we at the John Cleary Gallery would just LOVE to facilitate purchasing one of you very own Mitch Dobrowner prints… just tell 'em Joseph sent ya!
Artist: James Taylor / Album: Other Covers