If you’ve been paying attention to photography over the last few years, certainly you’ve heard of Benjamin Von Wong. With his conceptual style, Von Wong has established himself as one of the most influential photographers of the last few years. In his latest project, Von Wong shows the incredible power and beauty surrounding some of our planet’s biggest storms, while managing to leave an important message about climate change.
Travelling all over the midwest of the United States, Von Wong worked with a small team to create these incredible images showing off the true power of our planet’s storms. However, Von Wong didn’t stop there – he also added his own element, by shooting portrait sessions during these incredible storms. Working with just 10-15 minutes per storm, Von Wong had to work particularly fast in order to capture the images he needed for his project.
And this short time constraint meant that he had to be particularly organised. Working with 16 different people throughout the project, Von Wong was able to not only capture these spectacular images, but was able to properly light them using his Broncolor Move flash pack, and have video footage made by a team of camera operators, and a drone pilot. The result was the amazing images you can see throughout this post, as well as the video above. Ben told us —
It is extremely stressful having weeks of preparation riding on something that you have absolutely no control over. Thankfully I had an amazing team to help bring the entire project to life. I complain, but in reality I wouldn’t want it any other way
Among this team of talent assistants and videographers was storm-chasing photographer Kelly DeLay, which Benjamin Von Wong worked with to get some helpful hints and techniques involved when shooting these massive and dangerous storms. Kelly’s expertise on the topic was able to help Von Wong get these photos in such a short time. Kelly told us —
What is hard about Storm Chasing? Just about everything. Forecasts are just a suggestion on where to go, and there can be anywhere from 300 to 500 in mile variances. Little or no stopping during storm initiation. There is such a small window most of the time, you don’t want to miss anything. Drive 6-8 hrs to see a storm for 10 minutes. Getting great shots always involves a little bit of patience, and a little bit of luck.
All of these images are also being used to promote the climate awareness, and encouraging others to change their habits to better our planet’s future. Von Wong also says that he has become vegetarian because of projects like this, and the documentary Cowspiracy, which helped create the vision for this remarkable photo series.
For even more images from this incredible series, be sure to check out Benjamin Von Wong’s personal blog post about the experience and project.