Into the eye of the storm: breathtaking photography shot in the heart of the Atlantic’s winter storms


posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM EDT


This winter has been an exceptionally brutal one for Europe. The Atlantic coastlines of western France and southern England have been battered by an unremitting succession of harsh storms. Yann Arthus-Bertrand is an internationally respected photographer best known for his aerial photography in books like Earth from Above. When these deadly storms struck, Arthus-Bertrand, his helicopter pilot Gaël Moncanis and cameraman Bruno Cusa decided to take their helicopter into the eye of storm to photograph the power of nature at its fiercest.

Many lives have been lost so far and the chain of destructive storms rages on. Yet seeing the storms from the inside presents a glimpse into the forces of nature in all their magnificence; it is a place beyond our imagination. We published a piece yesterday that showed a behind-the-scenes view of a helicopter crew shooting the stormy coast; the reception to that piece and the incredible shots of lighthouses battered by the ocean in this video were so good we had to share it.

This remarkable footage will be part of a feature length movie Arthus-Bertrand is producing called “Human,” scheduled for release in 2015 in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. In it the filmmaker documents the extremes of human life through interviews with people around the world and spectacular aerial footage.