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Timelapse Shows the Rapidly Changing Mood of the Norwegian Landscape

‘Arriving in Norway I knew I had to document my journey through a method other than just photography,’ Birmingham based filmmaker and photographer, Theo Gove-Humphries told us about his recent trip.

Theo set off with his partner in his VW campervan in June 2014, reaching Norway last August, staying in a number of remote places and documenting the scenery. ‘I’m currently in Portugal, the 14th country we’ve visited since we set off last year,’ he told us. ‘Our aim is to reach Eastern Europe in the next few months, an area neither of us has visited yet.’

‘Timelapse helps show the rapidly changing moods of the landscape, it portrays something that cannot always be seen with the human eye as it catches so much in a condensed period of time.’

A filmmaker since the age of 14 when his parents bought him his first video camera (Sony Hi 8), Theo has since studied a Moving Image course at college in Birmingham, UK, and worked on a huge variety of jobs including; documentaries, corporate, film, and music videos, as well as his personal travel work. We asked him more about shooting in Norway:

The Plus: What was your favourite moment of this trip?
Theo Gove-Humphries:
After waiting a good few hours at the shore of Djupfjorden, with Durmalsdalen as a backdrop, I’d given up hope of capturing the northern lights that night. As I was packing away at midnight it suddenly broke overhead, filling the sky with light. Unforgettable experience

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TP: What was that feeling like- to finally see the lights?
Finally seeing the northern lights was a surreal experience, watching the lights dancing overhead was reminiscent of a natural firework display. If you ever have the chance to see them for yourself then seize that opportunity, it’s definitely worth it.

TP: What was the hardest part of the process in making a time-lapse film there?
Sourcing power. Living in a van means you no longer have the infinite power source we’re used to back home. The 34,000 images taken to create this time-lapse meant it would take many hours to process them. Some days I had to use the 12V cigarette lighter in the front of the van to power the laptop and process images whilst driving, to ensure I didn’t run out of power at a crucial time.

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