‘mammatus IV’ captured in nebraska as part of ‘the big cloud’ series by camille seaman image © camille seaman

american photographer camille seaman has extensively documented the raging beauty of supercell storms stretching from north dakota to texas in a series entitled ‘the big cloud’. teaming with experienced storm chasers, seaman managed to capture the natural phenomena looming over the american landscape – immortalizing billowing cloud masses and smoky grey tornadoes. the work represents seaman’s relationship towards nature – specifically regarding humans and their environment – requesting her audience to consider their surroundings and its significance. the storms seaman encountered would reach measurements of 50 miles wide and 65, 000 feet high, able to produce grapefruit-sized hail.

seaman says of her art:

‘in my continuation of exploring subjects in nature that have an ability to illustrate the interconnection of all life on earth I found myself stalking a type of single giant cloud called a supercell...there is definitely some luck involved, and skill on the part of the forecaster and navigator. all I can do is make sure I am ready for the few moments I have.’

camille seaman captures the beauty of supercell storms ‘the collapse III’, south dakota image © camille seaman

camille seaman captures the beauty of supercell storms ‘the collapse II’, south dakota image © camille seaman

camille seaman captures the beauty of supercell storms ‘mammatus clouds III’, nebraska image © camille seaman

camille seaman captures the beauty of supercell storms the storms could reach 50 miles wide and reached as high as 65,000 feet image © camille seaman

camille seaman captures the beauty of supercell storms the storms seaman chased were capable of producing grapefruit size hail image © camille seaman

camille seaman captures the beauty of supercell storms the work represents seaman’s relationship towards nature image © camille seaman

camille seaman captures the beauty of supercell storms a large storm cloud twists above wheat fields in western nebraska – taken june 22, 2012 image © camille seaman

camille seaman captures the beauty of supercell storms the work immortalizes monolithic tornadoes image © camille seaman

camille seaman captures the beauty of supercell storms the images are minimally retouched image © camille seaman