For two weeks this past April, two friends and I headed far north to a small community in Canada's Arctic, Kugluktuk, Nunavut, with the purpose of documenting the northern lights. We spent a few days in town with a local elder, Alice Ayalik, who has has been viewing the aurora her whole life and shared with us stories passed down by her parents and ancestors. Afterwards, we snowmobiled south of town to Bloody Falls and spent ten days camping out on the tundra and capturing the northern lights where these very stories originated.

Interview shot on a Nikon D7000 with the Nikkor 85mm f1.4. Time lapse footage shot on a Nikon D3s with the Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 and motion control gear from Kessler Crane.

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Produced by Michael Ericsson Visuals with the generous support of BHP Billiton Canada.

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