USA 2023

Finally it’s time again! Between May and June we (a team of the Thüringer Storm Chaser e.V.) will document the most beautiful thunderstorms of the planet in the vastness of the American prairie after a long break. You can find my personal travel diary here.

Fascination for Light and Weather

The interplay of light and weather leads to unique sky spectacles. As an autodidactic photographer (*1986) I exhibit photographs of atmospheric and meteorological phenomena, which for me are the result of an intimate experience of nature. With Storm Chasing, this passion finds its climax. Decisions in quick succession lead to a fleeting and far too short encounter with the elements.

While photography offered me an opportunity to discover the aesthetic diversity of nature and to locate myself in the world, as a sociologist I am concerned with the rôle of the individual in nature. My works are thus purposely created in a field of tension between documentation and stylistic-emotional framing. While on the one hand I would like to underline the grace and drama of natural phenomena, on the other hand I see the necessity of a sober representation in a medially regularly over-excited world.

With the exhibition “Storm Chaser – Fascination for Light and Weather” from March to July 2018 at the University Hospital Jena, a first catalogue with 48 photographs from over 10 years of nature experiences has been created. You can view these and many more photographs in the constantly expanding gallery. My references and, among other things, information about individual and personally signed prints can be found under work. I write about selected storm chasings and nature encounters under stories. Have fun! I’m looking forward to your inquiry via contact. Yours Marco Rank

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