Humans are destroying nature for the sake of material gain like they don’t care about it and the future of our planet. Well, the truth is that neither does nature care about us. We are just one of the numerous species of living things on the planet Earth and not the kings of it like many people tend to think. The Mother Nature always balances everything and will certainly find a way to neutralize a species that disturbs the order of things in the environment. With the climate change and the catastrophic natural disasters resulting from it, it’s a reality that we will soon have to face and are already facing. This is exactly what the Surreal Stormchasing Portraits series is about.
The series of impressive images about climate change and its indifference to our daily lives was created by photographer Benjamin Von Wong. For the purpose of the project, he and storm photographer Kelly DeLay chased real storms in the Great Plains region of the western United States.
Terrific black clouds bursting with lightning symbolize the ruthless power of the climate change. These scary landscapes are paired with mundane scenes that depict people doing their usual everyday stuff, such as sitting on the toilet or working at the office desk.
The result is a series of thought-provoking images that remind us of the fact that climate change doesn’t really care about our plans, daily habits and lives. It is already taking place and will have devastating consequences, regardless of the humans with their daily routines.
The process of creating these powerful photos was not easy. The photographers together with the crew and models had to chase storms that moved at a speed of more than 30 miles per hour (50 km per hour)! They had just ten to fifteen minutes to set up and take each shot. The uncontrollable force of nature made the process of working on the project challenging but also unforgettable.
Von Wong writes on his website:
“Coordinating models, building sets & designing lighting – all without knowing where the shoot would take place, while storms zip by at who knows how many miles per hour? Putting together this photoshoot was unlike anything I had ever done before.”
The images don’t only aim to make the viewer see how tiny we with our everyday problems are in the face of the indomitable force of nature. They also call to action, encouraging us to visit the website of the Cowspiracy documentary, which reveals the detrimental effects of animal agriculture on the environment. The documentary promotes vegetarian lifestyle, stating that it’s the most ecologically conscious choice we could make.
Von Wong writes on his website that Cowspiracy and the work on this project inspired him to make actual changes in his own life:
“Though I do not have a solution for changing the world, it is comforting to know that I can make a difference by putting something different in my mouth. I am proud to say I am now a vegetarian.”
Hope that the Surreal Stormchasing Portraits series will make you think seriously about the reality of climate change and reconsider some of your lifestyle choices to help save the environment.
Image credit: Benjamin Von Wong/cowspiracy.com