Terje Sørgjerd, a 35-year-old Oslo native, produced this amazing time-lapse near the Arctic Circle, on the archipelago of Lofoten in Norway.
The treacherous 12 day odyssey, between April 29 and May 10, could have taken his life by the sounds of it.
His passion and obsession with this light pushed him beyond what most of us would endure.
“My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name of, even after talking to meteorologists and astrophysicists I am none the wiser. What I am talking about I have decided to call The Arctic Light,” writes Terje Sørgjerd of TSO Photography on his Vimeo page.
“It is a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks before you can see the midnight sun. The sunset and sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light, lasting from 8-12 hours.”
The light is best at this time, when the sun barely goes below the horizon before coming up again.
Sørgjerd sacrificed his gear and body to get to these locations over and over again.
“If you can imagine roping down mountain cliffs, or jumping around on slippery rocks covered in seaweed with (tons of gear)… I had numerous setbacks including: the airline loosing my luggage, struggling to swim ashore after falling into the Arctic sea—twice… losing the whole dolly rig and controller into the sea, and even falling off a rather tall rock and ending up in the hospital.”
Such is the plight of an epic scenic photographer and time-lapse master.
“I am glad I stuck it through though, because there were some amazing sunrises waiting. At 1:06 you see a single scene from day to night to day which is from 9pm to 7am. Think about that for a minute…10 hours with light like that.”
Surprisingly—and an honestly inspiring aspect of his work—he does barely any post-production editing, what you see is the real deal, the magnificence of nature at its finest. Norway looks like an incredible place to visit.
The score was written especially for the project by Boston composer Marika Takeuchi.