(c) Camille Seaman 2012It seems apt that after weeks of torrential downpour in the UK, we should turn our attention to the work of Camille Seaman, a US-based photographer who has honed a successful career from capturing images of supercell thunderstorm clouds.

The National Geographic Award-winner has been taking pictures of supercell thunderstorm clouds for the past four years – a brave move given that these natural phenomenons are capable of generating lightning and tornadoes. But, as you’ll see in the pictures below, the outcome is more than worth the risk.

Titled The Big Cloud, Seaman’s series of thunderstorm images was created with the assistance of professional meteorologists who helped her to “chase” these clouds  across the Midwest of America (we’d be running in the opposite direction) and photographically document their beauty for prosperity.

Camille has had a long and successful career picturing the wonders of nature, including giant icebergs, dark ice and the life of a penguin. Her work has featured in preeminent publications such as National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times and Time, marking her out as one of the world’s leading documentary photographers. The Big Cloud series, a real triumph, only further confirms that.

Images used with permission of Camille Seaman. For more of Camille’s work, visit: camilleseaman.com

Sources: Camille Seaman/New York Times

(c) Camille Seaman 2012Kansas, 2008 (c) Camille Seaman 2012/Source: New York Times

 

(c) Camille Seaman 2012Kansas, 2008 (c) Camille Seaman 2012/Source: New York Times

 

(c) Camille Seaman 2012

Nebraska, 2012 (c) Camille Seaman 2012/Source: New York Times

 

(c) Camille Seaman 2012Nebraska, 2012 (c) Camille Seaman 2012/Source: New York Times

 

(c) Camille Seaman 2012Kansas, 2008 (c) Camille Seaman 2012/Source: New York Times

 

(c) Camille Seaman 2012South Dakota, 2008 (c) Camille Seaman 2012/Source: New York Times

 

(c) Camille Seaman 2012Nebraska, 2012 (c) Camille Seaman 2012/Source: New York Times