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An Interview with Photographer Paul Hayworth
I have been speaking to photographer Paul Hayworth about how the Northern Lights became his personal obsession. Paul started out taking photos of the Aurora in July 2020, utilising his degree in Astronomy, he wanted to spend his time out in Senja on this trip to focus entirely on photographing the Northern Lights.
What’s it like living under the Northern Lights?
I’m Matt Robinson and I am very lucky to have lived under the Northern Lights for many years. I’m an astronomer and astro-photographer who has spent many years within the Arctic Circle working for the Aurora Zone.
But what is it like?
How does it feel to walk outside your door and the Northern Lights are displaying right above you?
Let me tell you…
Finnish Lapland is one of the most naturally beautiful destinations I have visited in my life. During the daytime, the sunlight bathes the frozen tree-covered landscape in the deepest orange colours as the sun skims the horizon. During the evening when the moon is in its full phase, the snow glistens and twinkles; as you walk through the forests it feels like you’re walking through a scene from a winter wonderland postcard.
The search for the Northern Lights is quite often described as a ‘hunt’, suggesting the magical lights are akin an elusive, endangered wild animal you’re hoping to catch a quick glimpse off in its natural habitat before it spots you and runs for safety. In my opinion, this isn’t far from the truth.
Let’s face it, everyone wants a beautiful image of the Northern Lights. This post will detail everything you need to know to capture yours.