Chad, founder of Lights over Lapland and renowned Aurora Photographer, lives and works in Abisko throughout the winter chasing and photographing the Northern Lights at ever opportunity. With Aurora images published around the globe, he is one of the regions most respected photographers with an unrivalled passion for capturing the Northern Lights.
What do you do for work? I am a professional photographer and entrepreneur.
What do you like to do for fun? I love to spend time in the great outdoors exploring the beautiful nature available in the Arctic. In my mind, a perfect day consists of an afternoon spent high in the mountains with nothing but the sound of silence and the smell of a birch fire. Lapland is a true paradise!
Where do you live? Abisko National Park, Sweden
Were you born here, if not, how long have you lived here? No. I was born in the United States. Ten years ago I met a beautiful Swedish girl at a party and the rest is history.
What do you love about the Arctic? I love many aspects of the Arctic but my favourite perk is the endless wilderness, the clean air and the vastness of the true wilderness that can only be found in the north.
What do the Northern lights mean to you? The northern lights mean many things to many people but to me they are the zenith of natural beauty. The northern lights are one of the few phenomenon that allow us to see beyond the shores of our planet and gaze into the heavens. I will never forget the moment that I saw my first aurora – it truly changed my life!
Did your family tell you stories about the Northern Lights when you were a child? No. I grew up in the Midwest in the United States to the northern lights were not part of my psyche.
What is the most challenging thing about living in the Arctic? The cold, the darkness and the long-term isolation. While these three things are a challenge, they are also part of the appeal!
What top three things would you recommend a visitor to the Artic to experience? The northern lights, Sami culture and dog sledding!
What is your favourite season? And why is that your favourite season? The Autumn is my favourite season because it is the start of the aurora season!!
What’s your favourite local food or dish? Souvas – a lightly smoked, thinly sliced reindeer filet.