What makes the Midwestern United States special? Is it the diverse and ever-changing weather patterns? The quiet of the northern forests or the endless vistas of the south? Or is it a region steeped in a rich history that may not jump out to the casual observer, but reveals itself the more one digs into it? The answers are as numerous as the inhabitants of this beautiful region. My photos can only hope to offer a glimpse of what the Midwest has to offer.
My name is Kevin Skow, a freelance photographer who specializes in weather and landscape photography. For my real job, I am a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. I've lived almost my whole life in the Midwestern U.S. I grew up in the northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. My career in the NWS took me on a brief stint to Alaska from 2009-2011 before I moved to Des Moines, Iowa.
I've been fascinated with the weather ever since I was a child. Witnessing the power of a severe thunderstorm followed by a beautiful sunset never grows old. Along with the weather, the Great Lakes shipping industry has also been an interest of mine since childhood. These "lakers" that ply the inland seas, especially those dating back to the mid-20th century, are always a treat to behold.
From the moment I got my first film camera in elementary school, I have been hooked on photography. The weather, Great Lakes ships, and nature/scenery have been the primary subjects of my photos. It's only been in the past year or two that I have slowly expanded my portfolio to include rural and historical subjects. I tend to have a soft spot for old, rural bridges that stand as monuments to a time gone by.
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