|Cell-Lightning: Dundee, Texas — Mitch Dobrowner|
Enjoy! -Anne Kelly
Anne Kelly: You have been photographing storms for a few years now. How has your work changed (visually and technically) since you first started?
Mitch Dobrowner: I think (visually and technically) both have changed over time. They’ve changed because I’ve changed. When I first started the project I did my research… but soon realized that I wasn’t totally prepared for what I was in store for. The first storm system I witnessed seemed so surreal to me – I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. It was those first few days that I realized shooting storm systems required a completely different frame of visualization. I had to turn into part landscape photographer and part sports photographer. Things were happening so fast around me most times I had to make decisions about composition, focus, exposure within seconds – which is unlike my landscapes work which is more meditative and evolves at a much slower pace. But today after three years, 50,000+ miles and 17 states (approx) out there in Tornado Alley I’m much more relaxed about it all… I kinda know what to expect. Now I get into a place where things feel like they’re in slow motion when photographing storms, similar to the way I’ve felt when shooting my landscapes.
|Veil: Buffalo, South Dakota — Mitch Dobronwer|
AK: How has storm chasing impacted your non storm landscape work?
MD: It’s made me hungry for it. I love shooting storms but my landscape work will always be my foundation. Besides my family it’s my first love. I guess you can say that when I photograph storm systems I get to hear my heart beat because of the adrenalin rush; but when I’m out shooting landscapes I hear my heart beat because it quiets my soul. Based on that, I believe my best landscape work is still yet to come.