Magic Nightlight , Canada, 2016 (Triptych)

For me to find and see the magic light of the Aurora borealis was a lifetime dream. In the late 1980s, I traveled for the first time to Churchill/Manitoba in Canada. It was bitterly cold and I stood up to my hips in deep snowdrifts waiting all night for the lights to show up.

Most of the time, they appeared after midnight and I was frozen to the bones. Some nights in February, the temperature dropped down to -38 degrees C. But when the lights appeared silently in the sky, I was overwhelmed and all the hardship was forgotten. At that time I still photographed with film.

In March of 2016, I went again to my favorite spot on the shores of Hudson Bay. This time I wanted to photograph the amazing aurora with my new black and white camera, The Leica Monochrom. Normally it’s a shame to leave the out the colors that appear in the lights, but I wanted only grey tones.

I set up the camera with an 18mm lens and waited. Late at night, my moment came. I went into the vertical position to capture the entire light, which was growing from a little bright spot on the horizon into an almost arch. The stars glittered amazingly bright in the dark, almost-black night sky.

I took just two images before my batteries died. These are the ones and I was very happy.

A view from above. In January of 2016, I flew from Island to the US in a jet at 10,000 feet elevation. We took off into a never-ending sunset. In a cloud layer over East Greenland, I noticed still the red-orange-yellow stripe left over from the ending day; everything else was just night and black.

All of a sudden, I noticed the crescent moon in this amazing dark clear sky. I just had my black and white camera with me and took a few images with a 28mm lens. The result became one of my favorite night images.

Available as a triptych or sold individually.

Location: Hudson Bay, Canada
Photograph Date: 2016
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 20
Available Sizes: 70cm

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About the Photographer

Norbert Rosing

Born in northern Germany in 1953, Norbert Rosing is a passionate nature and wildlife photographer with special dedication to the Arctic, North American landscapes, and the national parks of Germany.

In 1980, Rosing published his first photograph in a German photo magazine. Since then he has traveled extensively to the Canadian Arctic, to the landscapes of the U.S. Southwest, and to the romantic landscapes of Germany's national parks and Africa's savannas.

A member of several photographic associations, he has won several awards for single images as well as for books and magazine articles in Germany and the United States. His images have been published in magazines all over the world, such as GEO, Terre Sauvage, BBC Wildlife, Sinra, Terra, Naturfoto, and Photo Technik International.

Rosing's first cover story in National Geographic magazine, "Bear Beginnings: New Life on the Ice," was published in December 2000. Since then he has also covered musk oxen, walruses, bald eagles, and snow foxes for the magazine, among other subjects.

Rosing`s images were used to create nine stamps for the German Mailing System (Post.)

Rosing has published many books, including: Cheetahs, The World of the Polar Bear, UP HERE, (Photography adventures in the Canadian arctic), WILD GERMANY (about the German National Parks, Yellowstone: Land of Fire and Ice, and Yellowstone: America's Playground, FACE TO FACE WITH POLAR BEARS by NG, and the new Trilogy: WILDNIS, VERBORGEN (Hidden) The wonders of the Franconian caves in Bavaria, WILD WEST (about the US Southwest in b/w.

Norbert Rosing was the patron of two major photography festivals in Germany: HORIZONTE Festival / Zingst & Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel / Oberstdorf, Bavaria

Norbert Rosing is using Leica Camera Equipment since 30 years analog & digital.

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