This stunning time lapse of 800 Aurora Borealis photos was taken over the course of 2011 by Park Ranger Jake Frank. Frank would sit out at night in temperateness below zero, eyeing the north as his camera captured the slendor of the lights. It’s the sort of work which leaves you alive with the beauty of the natural world (not to mention serenely relaxed and in awe).
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The musical composition backing of Jake Frank’s stunning work was penned by artist Peter Van Zandt Lane, one of Frank’s biggest fans. “I’ve been a big fan of Jake’s work for a long time,” says Lane. ”The walls of my house are filled with his photography. So when he asked to collaborate on a project of images from Denali, I was very excited about the possibilities.”
The work is scored for marimba, two guitars, contrabass, and electronics. Lane cites his musical influences for this work as being “Rock, folk, and Post-minimalism to this piece. But I also wanted to include electronics in order to expand the color palette of the ensemble.”
The title for the piece is Coronal Mass Ejection, which is a term used to describe a burst of solar wind that ultimately created the effect of the Northern Lights.