Dre Erwin, a therapeutic photographer and primary care nurse managed to capture the stunning display of the aurora lights from Saskatchewan, Canada.
Aurora is a natural phenomenon that is so breathtaking, it can blow anyone's mind. Dre Erwin, who calls himself a photographer and primary care nurse, managed to capture the polar lights up close and it was out of this world, to say the least. The aurora not only included the northern lights but the southern lights also made an appearance. And thanks to Erwin, we got to witness the stunning dance of light from all over the world. Erwin regularly livestreams the aurora lights from Saskatchewan, Canada, utilizing therapeutic photography (TP) techniques.
About a week ago, Erwin managed to shoot the streaming northern and southern lights that were bright and pulsating across the Canadian sky. He shared the best part of his livestream on Facebook and stated, I would have to say, this video of the northern lights is the BEST I've seen so far, and I know you all will agree! It isn't a time-lapse... it's a video from a Sony A7Sii!! Sit back and watch because it doesn't get much better than this. And it really doesn't. The shimmering green lights swirling in the sky and slowly building up momentum to spread right on top of where Erwin was standing and shooting felt surreal to watch.
The video did indeed have a therapeutic experience. He added, Sometimes in life, everything lately seems dreary, dreadful, and sad. It's these moments we all need to look for the good in life and focus on what we all still have...the beauty in life. The video of the aurora building up and pulsating can make anyone forget about the troubles in their life. As a therapeutic photographer who shoots the stunning display of the polar lights, he does believe it can calm anyone’s anxiety. Speaking to CBC, he said, "Some of the youth were coming to me and telling me how photography and seeing the northern lights helped them deal with their anxiety and their depression. I realized at that time if photography can help me, and photography can help them, then photography can really help anyone."
Aurora lights are of two kinds. The one you see near the North pole is the aurora borealis or northern lights and the one you see near the South Pole is called an aurora australis or the southern lights. This is a phenomenon that is caused by the magnetic fields of the Earth and its intermingling with that of the Sun. The Sun not only generates heat and light but also sends across other tiny particles and energy our way. The Earth's protective magnetic field keeps us safe from the solar wind that blows our way. But in the ionosphere, the ions of the solar wind collide with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen from the Earth’s atmosphere that form a colorful glowing halo around the poles. This is an aurora.
The display of both the northern as well as southern lights, like the one Erwin managed to capture is quite rare. Even though they may look the same they are actually poles apart. You can watch the video here: