52 by 52 7:37am, 19 July 2012
Challenge #47: The world is forever changing; a rock spinning through space. The land we think we own is only borrowed. What stands today will be taken back over time. Photograph impermanence
— Mitch Dobrowner



"As I researched the subject of storm systems and how they formed, I came to appreciate the complexity of these large structured super-cells, which are massive storms with deep, rotating updrafts that sometimes spawn tornadoes. As a photographer, I always counted myself lucky to be in the right place at the right time, especially if a storm system was moving through. But I wanted to actively pursue them. Since storms are a process, not a thing, I needed help, so I went on a hunt to locate a guide. I soon connected with Roger Hill (regarded as the most experienced storm-chaser in the world), and he introduced me to Tornado Alley and the Great Plains in the U.S.

In July 2009, Roger and I tracked a severe weather system for nine hours—from its formation outside of Sturgis, S.D., through Badlands National Park and into Valentine, Neb. We eventually stopped in a field outside of Valentine and stood in awe of the towering super-cell. It was building with intake wind gusts of 60 m.p.h.+, and I felt like we were standing next to a 65,000 ft. high vacuum cleaner. Its formation had an ominous presence and power that I had never witnessed or experienced.

Words are inadequate to describe the experience of photographing this immense power and beauty, And the most exciting part is with each trip I really don’t know what to expect. But today I see these storms as living, breathing things. They are born when the conditions are right, they gain strength as they grow, they fight against their environment to stay alive, they change form as they age, and eventually they die. They take on so many different aspects, personalities and faces. My only hope is that my images can do justice to these amazing phenomena of nature."

View more of Mitch Dobrowner's work >

As well as being a good place to connect with other members and share your initial reactions, thoughts about how to 'solve it' and any links you think might help the group, this can also be a good place to include any old photos you have that fit the challenge. We're looking forward to hearing your thoughts this week.

— 52 by 52 team
Mark W Russell Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (moderator) 6 years ago
Oh I'm excited by this one. Whilst we do not get storms like those in the mid west in the UK, I'm sure our ever changing weather and light can produce some gems.

Some archive stuff:-

Archive - Antwerp April 2012

Moon clouds III


Light bounce

Irish storm
david_gillett Posted 6 years ago. Edited by david_gillett (admin) 6 years ago
Love that first shot Mark, such atmosphere.

I've always been strangely drawn to the interwoven relationship between life and death found in overgrown graveyards. Maybe it's time I braved the cider drinking teenagers again.

Angel by david_gillett

Arnos Vale Cemetery by david_gillett

Challenge #9 Alt by david_gillett
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 6 years ago
The Norfolk coast is continually changing due to erosion. Houses are being demolished and villages swept away....
Here are a few shots from the archive

Salthouse beach before the rain

Norfolk Coast 3

and Happisburgh where one house owner is refusing to go...

The last remaining 3

A revisit is called for.
dacaccia Posted 6 years ago. Edited by dacaccia (member) 6 years ago
Last year died Austria's last emperor's son, Otto Habsburg. Even the longlasting monarchy found its end (well, earlier though - but obviously not in some heads ...)

Gott, Kaiser und Vaterland

Billboard, showing Austrians being killed because of their resistance against the Nazi regime (O5):


Jewish graves exist forever, as they are the dead's homes.

Diego de Mayo
johnpaddler PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by johnpaddler (member) 6 years ago
Those storm pictures are some of the most apocalyptic I've seen - one can almost smell the electricity.

And the fire and brimstone which threatened the neatly ordered lives of the Puritan couple in American Gothic every single day of their lives.

Subtext: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
Palofperu PRO 6 years ago
The theme of impermanence is somewhat similar to the unsustainability, capture a fleeting moment and capture something that can never happen again themes set recently, not that I'm complaining it's just an observation....
scala66/Paul Marsh PRO 6 years ago
mmmm, so far this has been a very mixed response to the brief. interesting to see how people have acted on this one.
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