On any given night, if the conditions are just right, you may be able to look up into the night sky and see colourful splashes of light dance across the night sky.
It’s the aurora borealis or Northern Lights, and if you’ve never seen them in person, Matt Robinson’s photography is the next best thing.
A few years ago, he got word the lights would be on display about an hour from his home in the U.K.
“So I went up the coast with my nephew, got the camera out, took a picture, and across the sky, there was this green band,” he says.
“It was grey in the sky, but on camera, it appeared green. From then on, I was hooked.”
He started by using an entry-level camera and invested in better equipment as his love for the hobby grew. Now, he is documenting his chases on Instagram.
Matt’s love of the auroras has taken him all over, from Sweden to Finland, to Norway.
The lights look a little different, depending on where you are in the world.
“When you see the northern lights from northern Scandinavia or Canada, you see it for real,” he says.
Two of the most common elements in the Earth’s atmosphere — oxygen and nitrogen — create different types of northern lights. Oxygen is responsible for green and yellowish-green auroras. Blue, purple and reddish-purple auroras are rare in comparison. They’re created with the help of nitrogen.