Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

Eric Meola has been a respected photographer for 50 years, working with celebrities like Bruce Springsteen and brands like Timberland and Porsche.

But photographing the Great Plains has always been a passion project for him. In November of this year, Meola released the book "Fierce Beauty", which focuses on the spectacular severe weather events that occur in the Midwest, West, and South of the United States.

Meola has spent years traveling the Tornado Alley, capturing storms, rainbows, and everything in between. 
Here are 12 of the most breathtaking photos from Fierce Beauty.

12 PHOTOS

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

1. Eric Meola has been a photographer for 50 years. He is especially well known for his work with Bruce Springsteen.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

2. During a trip together in 1977, Springsteen wrote his song "Promised Land" after hitting a storm.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

3. It was then that Meola discovered his love for stormy weather. For the past seven years, Meola has traveled the Tornado Alley photographing storms.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

4. Tornado Alley is an area in the west and south of the United States where tornadoes are most common.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

5. However, Meola's photographs are not limited to tornadoes.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

6. He took photographs of all kinds of storms.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

7. He shares his most breathtaking images in his new book, Ferocious Beauty: Storms of the Great Plains.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

8. He traveled through Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Texas and Oklahoma.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

9. Meola rode with famed storm hunter Bill Reid of Tempest Tours.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

10. Chasing the storm is not the safest hobby. This can sometimes be fatal.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

11. While chasing a storm can be dangerous, the number of hunters is growing every year.

Photographer spent 7 years chasing storms through Tornado Alley

12. For Meola, the journey was "hauntingly beautiful."

Keywords: Famous photographer | Photo project | Tornado | Storms | Nature | Beauty | Fear | Sky photographs

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