The vivid green Northern Lights dance above Lyngenfjord, Norway, tracing out the shape of the Earth’s magnetic field above the waters.
Green, the most common colour associated with aurorae, is produced by oxygen atoms and molecules energised by the impact of solar particles that have escaped the sun’s atmosphere, causing them to glow brightly
Photo: Mick Fanning was “screaming with excitement” in between riding waves. (Supplied: Emil Sollie, Mats Grimsæth, RedBull)
by Anthony Pancia
In terms of ticking things off the bucket list, Mick Fanning may have trumped just about every surfer on the planet with a once-in-a-lifetime surf under a stunning Northern Lights display in Norway.
Fanning — currently on a hiatus from professional surfing — camped out on a beach in the Norwegian archipelago of Lofoten, Norway with local photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsaeth waiting for the conditions to align and, as it turned out, they didn’t have to wait long.
“We’d set out a 10-day waiting period because there were so many elements that had to come together,” Fanning told the ABC.
“Even then it was a bit of a roll of the dice. You need the right waves, clear skies and on top of all that, you actually need the lights to come on.”
The lights came on for the first two nights, however, the waves refused to co-operate.
“But on the third night we got lucky,” Fanning said. The surfer spent the night riding “surprisingly good” waves as the photographers set to work capturing an image they planned for two years.
Hi. I would love to share with you my pictures from one of the most wonderful place in Europe I have ever seen.
I spent one week in Lofoten, Norway.
I had sleepless nights because of auroras. I took pictures in the rain, in the snow, in the wind. I’ve been photographing landscapes for 10 years now, however Lofoten beat all the records. Mountains, beaches and sea – it’s a wonderful connection.
Just have a look at my pictures that I took during one week I spent in Lofotem. It’s really worth getting frozen, getting wet and notsleeping.
Dark and somewhat mysterious night shots around locations in Norway by Trondheim-based photographer Øystein Sture Aspelund.
He describes the series entitled Hibernation as “investigating subconsciousness, and the sometimes grey boundary between truth and fiction… utilizing man and his relation to the landscape as an investigative tool.”
Based upon real places and events, this series intends to catch moments when our daily reality and our subconscious world sometimes strike each other.
It can be seen as a stream of frozen moments, where the story between each frame is as important as the frame itself.
See more of Øystein Sture Aspelund’s work on Behance or at his website.