Reed Ingram Weir and I met in June last year when working together on a series of his prints leading up to a winter exhibition.
We soon realised a common interest—the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.
However, one major difference between us became clear—Reed proactively tracks down the Aurora within the Arctic Circle several times a year.
He is an Aurora-Chaser, whereas I, on the other hand, continue to merely dream of seeing them one day…
Reed also seems to have a knack of making sure his work is seen by a wide audience, particularly after striking lucky recently in both Northern Ireland and Northumberland’s Holy Island.
As we discussed at the time, it’s incredible what can arrive on your doorstep when you stop looking for it.
I asked Reed what attracts him to the pursuing the Aurora Borealis, to which he replied:
“I love the connection between the Sun and the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights); I enjoy how something so beautiful is created by our most important source of light and how that, every now and again, we are reminded of its power with such a beautiful light show in the form of the Northern Lights.
“When I was a wee boy, I remember seeing a picture of the Northern Lights and being completely amazed by them. I always told myself I would view them one day. Now I am completely hooked on seeking them out and making photographs of them.”
“To me, they are enchanting, they never look the same twice. When I mention the Aurora, most seem to know little about this natural phenomenon or how it’s created. However, it always seems to have a place in their hearts and an instant connection is made.
“Even though I find the chase most frustrating, this element of the ritual gets my photographic juices pumping.
“Capturing the Aurora is fraught with technical difficulties—I look forward to the day I can swiftly and perfectly capture my shots so that I can stand back and enjoy the performance for myself, knowing my photographs are in the bag…”
I make Reed’s prints using HP’s archival Vivera pigment ink-set and Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm.
All are for sale and can be purchased by contacting Reed through his site.