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The above photograph was taken by Mitch Dobrowner in Moorcroft, Wyoming. It shows the clouds of a supercell, the rarest and mightiest of thunderstorms, gathering over the stark landscape. It is from the Storms series that Dobrowner began in 2009 when he started working with the professional storm hunter Roger Hill in an area known as “Tornado Alley”, between the Rocky mountains in the west and Appalachian mountains in the east. Inspired by Ansel Adams, Dobrowner only uses black and white: “colour”, he says, “seems too everyday.”
‘Bear’s Claw’ (2010) is included in Dobrowner’s new book, Storms ($50, Aperture), which features 51 duotone photographs from the series, and in an exhibition at the Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, that will run until October 26.
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