Nature almighty has a way of always surprising us with its many feats and quirks. Ever since the beginning of man, nature has always had it her way and men could do very little about it. Nowadays, we revel in spectacular weather pictures by great photographers wielding some of the best photography tools made by man and we pride ourselves for understanding the way nature and the natural phenomena work. Some thousands of years ago, that was not the case, as people were afraid of the thunder and believed it came from the hammer of god Thor. Natural phenomena were ascribed to different deities and up until today we still shiver at the sight of a powerful lightning.
Today, we’ve got weather forecasts and know how to use the wind and the sun to produce electricity. Still, we pollute our Earth and are not really sure about the Ozone Layer and global warming, what they are, what is the real impact and where our planet is going. One thing is sure, with the advancement of technology, we’ve pretty much intervened in nature’s way and nature seems to be mad at us. Or at least, she should. Still, there are a lot of nature lovers in this world and photographer John Finney is one of them. The talented, award-winning photographer has a thing for storms, weather and landscape photography.
“I first started taking pictures when on my mountain bike adventures in the late 1980s with a film camera. I then switched my focus to mountain bike racing and I didn’t pick up a camera for another 17 years. In 2007, I was recovering from a badly injured shoulder after a biking accident, although I could still walk, this meant no biking for at least 3 months. I then started to go on regular country walks. On these walks I started taking pictures again, but this time with a digital camera phone. It was not long before I bought a proper digital camera and one thing led to another”, says John of his personal relationship with photography, biking and nature.
He’s a real storm chaser and his spectacular weather pictures will send chills down your spine! Enjoy!