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Storm Chasing Portraits and Climate Change With Von Wong | A BTS Look

By Hanssie on December 2nd 2015

I’m currently finishing a book series that envisions Dorothy returning to Oz and turning evil. Like Dorothy, the heroine who tries to rescue Oz from Dorothy’s clutches comes from the Other Place on a tornado. The book describes the violence of the storm and I can only imagine what being that close to the fury of nature would be like. To voluntarily put yourself in the eye of a storm is something that many people do, for a variety of reasons – to see a tornado up close, for the adventure, for scientific research, for media, or to photograph the phenomenon.

So, it’s no surprise that Benjamin Von Wong, who frequently welcomes assignments and “impossible” shoots as a challenge, just published his latest photo shoot, a storm chasing portrait session. The idea was brought up by his girlfriend Anna and after some research, Von Wong reached out as he usually does to find people to help them bring his vision to life, namely weather and environmental photographer Kelly DeLay and people across 7 states that offered help.


BTS_Stormchasing_7After procuring the use of an ambulance from a fellow photographer, Von Wong set up his $7000 Broncolor Move Flash Pack in the back. He was told that he had no more than 15 minutes to setup and grab each shot so having everything ready to go was tantamount to get the shots he wanted. Not knowing where they might end up, Von Wong and a small team along with the models, props, a few Sony A7s cameras, and a Phantom 3, piled into the ambulance to grab shots like the ones you see below:

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Here’s the behind the scenes video from their adventure:

Through this project, Von Wong wanted to highlight climate change and documentaries such as Cowspiracy and how agriculture is damaging our environment, causing irrevocable damage. You can see more from the project, read more about climate change, and all the gear Von Wong used on his blog here.


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Warren Senewiratne

    Awesome creative campaign.

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  2. Joshua parker

    so good! some really great work

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  3. shane jackson

    These are some great shots. I love the lighting of the subjects and I link my favourite Photograph is the business man on the table with fab tag line of “it doesn’t care about your day job” is perfect. Great work and love seeing different things that photographers do instead of just wedding photography all the time.

    LOVE IT!

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  4. Richard Bremer

    Wow, this photographer deliveres awesome work! Really like how he worked out this theme and doesn’t work with composites to make the final images. I’m definitely checking out more of his work!

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  5. Jeremy May

    Really original but a bit dangerous :)

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  6. Lauchlan Toal

    Always good to see new work from Ben Von Wong. Interesting to see him working with more environmental causes – kudos to him for that.

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  7. Liam Doran


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  8. Stephen Glass

    Love it! You’re a brave soul to go out there and get those shots!

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  9. robert garfinkle

    These are great pics. Like stuff like that.

    we could dispense with the CC pleasantries though…

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  10. Pye

    Such a wonderful and meaningful collection. Fantastic work Ben!

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  11. Colin Woods

    Great piece, with fab photos.

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