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Gallery: Chasing storms with Camille Seaman

The Lovely Monster Over the Farm, Lodgepole,  NE, 22 June 2012 19:15CST / Photo: Camille Seaman

The Lovely Monster Over the Farm, Lodgepole, Nebraska. June 22, 2012 19:15 CST. / Photo: Camille Seaman

Camille Seaman: Photos from a storm chaser Camille Seaman: Photos from a storm chaser
A Shinnecock Indian, Camille Seaman has spent her career as a photographer illustrating the interconnectedness of all life. When she was a child, her grandfather took her outside to play on a hot summer day. He pointed to the sky and said, “Look, do you see that? That’s part of you up there. That’s your water that helps to make the cloud that becomes the rain that feeds the plants that feeds the animals.” Seaman, who gave today’s talk on storm chasing in the American Midwest, began her project in 2008, stalking these “lovely monsters,” as she calls them. Below, find 8 more astounding images from Seaman’s growing collection of storm photos, titled The Big Cloud.

EF-4, Bennington/Salina Kentucky, May 28, 2013 / Photo: Camille Seaman

EF-4 tornado, Bennington/Salina Kentucky. May 28, 2013. / Photo: Camille Seaman

El Reno, OK, May 31, 2013 / Photo: Camille Seaman

El Reno, Oklahoma. May 31, 2013. / Photo: Camille Seaman

The Collapse III, South Dakota, USA, June 2008 / Photo: Camille Seaman

The Collapse III, South Dakota. June 2008. / Photo: Camille Seaman

Inflow Bands, Chappell NE, 22 June 2012 19:55CST / Photo: Camille Seaman

Inflow Bands, Chappell, Nebraska. June 22, 2012 19:55 CST. / Photo: Camille Seaman

Storm Chaser with Mammatus Clouds, Kansas May 28, 2013 / Photo: Camille Seaman

Storm Chaser with Mammatus Clouds, Kansas. May 28, 2013. / Photo: Camille Seaman

Illuminated Rain, Southern Kansas May 29, 2013 / Photo: Camille Seaman

Illuminated Rain, Southern Kansas. May 29, 2013. / Photo: Camille Seaman

Near the Gasworks, OK, May 27, 2013 / Photo: Camille Seaman

Near the Gasworks, Oklahoma. May 27, 2013. / Photo: Camille Seaman

Supercell with Windmill, Chappell, NE, 22 June 2012 / Photo: Camille Seaman

Supercell with Windmill, Chappell, Nebraska. June 22, 2012. / Photo: Camille Seaman

Seaman, who gave a talk at TED2011 about her photos of Arctic ice as part of the Fellows program, was a Senior Fellow at TED2013 and was also recently named a Knight Fellow. Read more about Seaman’s work in the Arctic »