I have chosen this photograph as my first post to link with my Artist Statement. In Northern Ireland we get a lot of rain and that means dense cloud cover! Aurora borealis rarely stretches this far south either to give a display, never mind a strong display. As such our chances of getting to see an aurora at all are very slim.
However, everything came together on New Years Eve 2016 to give an outstanding show of Northern Lights. In reality, it was building, dancing and retreating for almost 45 minutes. I was in awe. Standing in my own garden, I didn’t even have to travel anywhere! When I tell people I photographed them from my garden, I’m met with raised eyebrows.
It was a monumental moment. I was overwhelmed by the beauty and power of what was surrounding me, the privilege of watching it and the connectedness to not just other photographers experiencing it but to the universe. I felt very small in that grand scheme.
I guess our creativity is like an aurora. It comes and goes, sometimes a strong display, other times weak. Sometimes non-existent. Sometimes the busyness of life represents clouds that get in the way, our creativity is under there we just can’t get it to shine through.
We all know the photographs that have moved us to tears in their making. I’m sure I’m not alone for that!