Austrian photographer Markus Morawetz is best known for his wedding photography but has long been inspired by a love of adventure. In March 2019 he decided to share that passion with his wife Carina and their 10-month-old daughter Fanni. Travelling by campervan from their home just outside Vienna, Austria, the family set out to witness and capture one of nature's most majestic spectacles, the Northern Lights, in northern Norway.
After spending the last few weeks of winter travelling through Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, the trio of adventurers were rewarded with the marvel not once, but twice. "At that point we were staying at the beach in Norway, and the conditions were perfect – beautifully clear sky, no wind – and the Lights stayed for about an hour each day, just incredible waves of bright green and purple fringe dancing over us," says Markus.
"So many people said to us, 'You can't travel that far with a baby, it's too cold, it's too isolated,'" but Markus and Carina ensured they were well-protected against the elements and set out for an adventure. "One of our main goals in life is to give our daughter a real appreciation for nature," he says. "We knew it would be far, and we knew it would be cold, but March is the best time to see the Lights.
"You have this beautiful golden light all afternoon, and then after sunset 'the blue hour' with the most spectacular light. Even if the Northern Lights don't show, you have so many photographic opportunities during this period." Keen to travel light, Markus shot with the Canon EOS R, with an EF-EOS R Adapter so he could use some of his favourite EF lenses.