A Lifetime Fascination
By Adrian Zupp
In previous posts on “Exposed,” we’ve referred to Peter’s fascination with the stars, which dates back to his childhood. In this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” the second filmed in Alaska, Peter goes in search of the Northern Lights.
“I’ve been fascinated with the Northern Lights for as long as I can remember,” he said. “The idea that gases in the atmosphere can create an incredible lightshow just blows my mind. I really want to photograph them but it’s easier said than done. The Northern Lights are more unpredictable than a racehorse with an attitude problem.”
Most of Peter’s work has been very much directed at terra firma, but there have been notable exceptions: “Heart of the Universe,” which featured the Milky Way, and the spectacular “Night Fire” are two that come immediately to mind. But arguably his most stunning, and successful, is “Tree of the Universe.”
“Tree of the Universe got an incredible reception from collectors,” added Peter. “That’s sort of inspired me to do more star shots. I’m actually in the process of leasing some pretty incredible equipment to photograph the heavens, but I’ll keep the details a surprise for now.”
But for the time being, the goal is the Northern Lights – a true challenge because it all hinges on nature’s mood. So it’s north to Alaska for the Master Photographer, as he chases down a lifelong dream.
“From the Edge with Peter Lik” airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The Weather Channel.