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  • Sigh I thought. Here I have some tourists that want to see the nordic lights, the aurora borealis, but it is nothing there. The deserted fjord was totally black and million stars glittering in the sky. This night was definitely a lousy light for the aurora. I tried to point out into the dark telling them that "something" was there. Internally I wasn't sure, but as you have some guests you have to sound brave.

    Icelanders always want to show their country at the best, midnight sun, aurora borealis, craters, geysers or whatever. No matter what, the country is supposed to be BEAUTIFUL and everyone is supposed to feel that. "I have learned that the photographers at home who talk about how beautiful Iceland is are totally wrong" stated the Dutch girl kindly. Maybe she is right but of course I was not going to admit it so I made a silly laugh. "I also know that pictures of the nordic lights are never right" she continued. I tried to say that there is something we call a good aurora night but this definitely wasn't it I had to admit as I watched bravely out into the darkness. The girl from France glanced hopefully to the sky but the girl from Hong Kong had already seen the aurora and said nothing knowing that this was indeed not a good night.

    Then I remembered one of my own lessons telling my students that photographs are never telling THE truth but they might express part of A truth. Who says that a photograph has to be right?

    I turned my camera on into the darkness wondering if there where some nordic lights there. Time passed as the camera watched the sky for me.

    A lonely ship appeared and slowly crawled out at sea across the horizon, the cold started to creep in but I stamped my foots down trying to get the blood moving to warm me a bit as I blew into my cold hands. The camera didn't complain and neither did I.

    A lousy night I had to admit as I packed my gear with a picture that took 13 minutes and tells A truth but not THE truth.
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