As photographers, whether amateur or professional, we often desire to capture the most beautiful elements of the world, so we can express our creative intent, or simply show our work to the next person in the hope that they genuinely enjoy it. Because we gradually train our eye to find some of the best and most visually interesting things out there, we often seek to find our own beautiful location to take pictures of, eschewing the most popular because, well, they don’t help you stand out. Some photographers get around this by trying to frame the every day and dull aspects of life as beautiful and meaningful. Some cast beautiful subjects in new lights. Others, however, head to places well-known for their irrefutable beauty, and practice there first.
One such spectacle of natural, irrefutable beauty, is of course the ‘Aurora borealis’, or the Northern Lights. One of the miracles of the world which have been noticed and appreciated by cultures for thousands of years, the Northern Lights are visible from the arctic and are often on the bucket list of many people who learn of them. Heading to the best Northern Lights igloo hotels with a DSLR camera and the desire to be blown away can have an amazing impact on the development of a budding landscape photographer. They can also speak to you on much more instinctual and emotional level. Here’s how:
The Northern Lights are a visual tour de force, and can certainly make you feel very emotional during your time witnessing them. They serve as reminders that this world has plenty of natural beauty, and can impress even the grungiest of city-life photographers to take a step out of their comfort zone and depict the beauty of the natural world with a more genuine approach to the whole affair. Photographers are driven by emotion and enjoy capturing the music of a visual piece through intrinsic feeling alone. As such, a great view of the Northern Lights can stimulate this part of your spirit which every budding visual artist can use as fuel to progress their talents.
The shifting yet permanently beautiful nature of the Northern Lights both remind us that life can move quickly, but that doesn’t mean that losing out on one moment should rob us of another. As the lights dance in the sky, their interplay and exchange of rhythm can help teach you that life moves fast, but the forms and patterns they take are always worth paying attention to.
For those who aren’t too confident with their style, simply trying new framing techniques on arguably the most beautiful subject around can help you feel more confident in your composition. There’s just no way for a photo of these lights to look bad – unless you left the camera’s lens cap on of course. These can serve as a worthy addition to any photographer’s portfolio and can inspire you to explore other cultures and locations which are slightly out of your comfort zone.
Over and above these considerations, visiting the Northern Lights can help make the stifled photographer reconsider their ambition. Sometimes, that’s all you need.
(Disclaimer: This is a contributed post, i.e. approved and edited by Aspire to Amble, but not written by Kia Marie Hunt…though witnessing the Northern Lights is definitely on her Ten Year To-Do List!)