When I first read about the Catatumbo Lightning some years ago it seemed like that incredibly cool place that was basically so unreachable that I didn‘t even bother trying to investigate it further.

In 2014 then a Japanese crew from NHK contacted me after a friend from the US who had no chance to get a Visa for Venezuela referred my number to then and suddenly in 2015 I find myself standing on the edge of the mighty Maracaibo Lake, a place I had dreamed of visiting for so long, a place that seemed unreachable just yesterday.

In November I ultimately went out there for the third time and it never ceases to fascinate me with all its different facades and the ruthless weather.


Jonas Piontek

⚡️ The #Lightning Dude⚡️
Photographer & Storm Chaser based in ????
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