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The winters in the north (Yukon, Canada) can be pretty dark, frigid and long. And thanks to those very realities, they can always be stunning. Over the last few years, I have been intrigued by these long winters nights—nights that for most of my life, I have simply thought of as normal. I've explored this world through both photography and time-lapse videography (see https://vimeo.com/34976847). Of course, there is also another aspect to winter nights—powered by those same long dark frigid nights, people seem to be looking for an outlet. A way to connect, gather and, perhaps, prove that winter is really worth celebrating.



With this winter settling in, I thought it would be worth revisiting some of my favourite photographs from the past few years, and some new ones, yet to be photographed. Every few days I will be added new pictures to this set, so don't forget to check back. I hope you enjoy this visual wandering through the northern night.

Aurora over Whitehorse

There are a few tricks to capturing aurora, including actually getting out of bed in the middle of the night, ignoring the -30°C protests of your car and putting some time. But every now and then you get a chance like this. For this photograph—a single frame from a time-lapse shot—I set up a camera in my friends back yard, grabbed a glass of wine and relaxed inside by the fire. A few hours later, once the camera was thawed I discovered this gem.

Give her a cheer

During the coldest part of the winter, the residents of Whitehorse come together for the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous—a celebration of the good old days (the Gold Rush), and I suppose just generally of getting out and not letting winter beat you down to low. A crowd favourite is always the flour pack. Strap a couple hundred pounds of flour to your back and aim for the finish line!

  • February 26th, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/7.1 / 1/320 sec

Burning Away the Winter Blues #1 - Winter Dragon

Just about the time that winter is starting to get the better of even the hardiest of northerners, the days start getting longer and the temperature begins to warm. And there is no better way to celebrate the distant glimmer of spring, than a good ol' effigy burning. Here the Wicker Winter Dragon begins his march towards a fiery demise.

  • March 24th, 2012
  • Canon 7D
  • 24mm / f/ƒ4.0 / 1/60s sec

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