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Blown Away: A year through the lens of The Tornado Hunter

A year through the lens of The Tornado Hunter

photographs by Greg Johnson

foreword by George Kourounis

designed by Serge Bourgault

edited by Tammy Robert

Indie Ink Publishing, Ltd.
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
Weather, Natural Disasters, Photojournalism
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
    List Price

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The drama, beauty, terror and aftermath of Tornado Alley...One man's journey into and through one of the most horrific and awe-inspiring storm seasons on record. Join Canada's Tornado Hunter, Greg Johnson, on this deeply personal journey and you too will be Blown Away. In his own words and stunning color photographs, Johnson criss-crosses the 49th Parallel to bring a fresh and intimate perspective to the life of the storm chaser on both sides of the US-Canada border. Travel with Johnson through twelve American states and two Canadian provinces (Saskatchewan and Manitoba) in his quest to not only intercept but document some of the season's most powerful storms on record, like the EF5 tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. Blown Away is also a look inside the world of severe weather photography. Johnson provides tantalizing detail of his equipment and shot strategies that will satisfy the amateur and professional photographer alike. Through his active social media presence with real-time blogging and chase video postings, Johnson invited amateur photographers to submit their own photos, some of which are included in the pages of Blown Away. Blown Away highlights Johnson's artistic eye and technical precision in photographically capturing a difficult subject...Mother Nature at her most tempestuous.

About the authors

Greg Johnson, one of North America’s top professional storm-chasers and severe weather experts, is also an accomplished photographer, speaker, workshop leader and, most recently, author. Having graduated from Canada's renowned Acadia University, and after founding and building a leading successful communications, marketing and advertising firm from the ground up, Greg decided it was time to devote himself full-time to pursuing his passion for capturing nature's most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather. With more than 10 years of experience, Greg enjoys chasing classic prairie thunder and lightning storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards, and he plans to continue traveling the world year-round to satisfy his appetite for capturing extreme weather. Using sophisticated weather-tracking technology, his ability to read severe weather patterns and a team of dedicated sidekicks, Greg has put more than 30,000 miles on his Tornado Truck, intercepting and documenting hundreds of storms across the United States and Canada in 2011 alone. Additionally, Greg's skills are now being retained by the outdoor festival industry in order to assist organizers in ensuring their large crowds are kept safe from sudden and severe weather risks. Greg is also well known for his workshops in severe weather photography, his innovative shot-making and creativity in merging time-lapse photography and music to create mesmerizing weather visuals and soundscapes. A firm believer in the "Bucket List" philosophy, Greg's mission is to inspire others to chase their own passions, while sharing and teaching the lessons he has learned from pursuing his. When he's not storm chasing, Greg enjoys life at home in Regina, Saskatchewan spending time with his wife and three children, and of course - cheering for his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian photographer and tornado hunter Greg Johnson expertly captures the essence of what it's like to be on the road in hot pursuit of these monster storms. Blown Away is his chronicle of what became a tornado season that many will never forget...I hope you enjoy Greg's photography as much as I do. His blend of artistic and journalistic styles punctuates his storytelling, bringing the reader along for the ride...and what a ride it is.

Storm Chaser & Adventurer, Host, Angry Planet TV Series

As someone who has taught meteorology for many years, there is one thing I know for sure, you can't teach passion! Greg without a doubt has a passion for severe weather, which really shows throughout his book. Amazing photography brings you inside the storm, as it accurately depicts a storm chaser's life on the road. With 11 years of storm chasing experience myself, and being fortunate enough to chase many large and powerful tornadoes/hurricanes/nor'easters, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love for storm chasing.

Instructor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University

Greg exudes an energy that seems to feed the storms themselves, and definitely the people with whom he is chasing them...A risk taker and thrill seeker, Greg has a passionate eye for severe weather. Storm chasing with him changes the way people think and feel about their surroundings. As clouds roll in, Greg glides over them with the lens of his camera, respectfully welcoming what is to come with no fear - only grace.

Storm Chaser & Meteorologist, Global TV