Mitch Dobrowner is a fine art photographer and stormchaser, who was born in Long Island (Bethpage) New York and currently lives and works in Studio City, California. After discovering the images of Minor White and Ansel Adams, he quickly became addicted to photography. Mitch travels the Western United States to creates images of spectacular weather systems that have the nuance and beauty of delicate portraits. He shoots, for the most part, in remote locations, and in the case of his dramatic storm pictures, he seeks out, chases and braves weather conditions from which most of us would run.
Growing up on Long Island (Bethpage), NY – I felt lost in my late teens. Worried about my future direction in life, my father gave me an old Argus rangefinder to fool around with. Little did he realize what an important gesture that would turn out to be for me. After doing some research and seeing the images of Minor White and Ansel Adams I quickly became addicted to photography. To make a long story short, I left home at 21, quitting my job, leaving my friends and family to see the American Southwest for myself. In California I eventually met my wife, and together we had 3 children, and created our own design studio – and the tasks of running a business and raising a family took a priority to Photography. During that time I stopped taking pictures.
Years later, in early 2005, inspired by my wife, children and friends I again picked up my cameras. Today I see myself on a passionate mission to make up for years of lost time – creating images that help evoke how I see our wonderful planet. I feel that I owe much to the great photographers of the past, especially Ansel Adams, for their dedication to the craft and for inspiring me in my late teens. Though I have never met them, their inspiration helped me determine the course my life would take.
I currently live with my wife Wendy, our 2 sons Jason and Joshua, dog Jimi and rotten cat Nicky in Studio City California. Our daughter Asia lives within walking distance with her husband Brian and their child Eliette.