Storms get a bad rap. Real storms—not your smattering of lightning that you enjoy from your roofed porch, or snow that you sled through. Colossi that swell to power in Tornado Alley and swallow countrysides. And destroy—which is often the way we look at them: destroyers. But there’s another way. We spoke with Mitch Dobrowner, a photographer who recently published a wonderful book of what he calls portraits (fittingly titled Storms), to get him to explain why he chases storms and drives through them and stands next to them—for their beauty. Click here to read that interview, in which he discusses several of the photos shown below.

Though these photos also, in another way, speak for themselves. 

(via Beautiful, Colossal Storms — Photographs by Mitch Dobrowner - Esquire)