ESCANABA – The Northern Lights will be shining at the Bonifas Fine Arts Center with the photography of Shawn Malone. The Marquette photographer’s exhibit North Country Dreamland features vivid photos of Northern Lights and other night sky phenomena from the Upper Peninsula.
Malone said she hopes her photos will encouraged others to seek out the night sky.
“It’s such an amazing sight to see the Milky Way overhead on a clear night with no moon,” said Malone. “I think now more and more people are spending more time inside and when they see these night sky photos it may be encouraging them to get outside and look at the sky.”
Malone said she started pointing her camera at the northern sky at night about ten years ago because she wanted to see the Northern Lights. At that time, she was using a film camera. Despite the unpredictable nature of the night sky, Malone said she was able to capture the Northern Lights.
“We had a real strong display back in 2004 and I shot two whole rolls of film and I’d say I have about 20 keepers off of those two rolls. That’s what really got me hooked. It was just a phenomenal display that went all night and it went in every direction and was every color,” she said.
Malone said she never knows what the colors might be because the camera can pick up things that the eye cannot see.
Her photos can be purchased online at lakesuperiorphoto.com or at the gallery in Marquette she and her husband Brian opened in February. The show at the Bonifas runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 30.