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4 December 2021

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 425th in our series of Saturday matinees today: A Passion for the Wild.

This 6:10 Arctic Ramblers production features Peter Rosén, who shoots nature and wildlife photography in Arctic Sweden. He was a climate scientist by profession when, 25 years ago, he left the field to pursue photography full time.

And he shares his enthusiasm for both photography and Arctic Sweden through LapplandMedia & PhotoAdventures AB, his photo tourism company that provides participants opportunities to shoot the Aurora borealis and capture what the midnight sun reveals. It's the only company in Swedish Lapland offering both winter and summer photo adventures with professional photographers.

The video follows him packing for a photo excursion and driving into the country to shoot a flock of birds with a backpack that can weight nearly 90 lbs. He says he has sat in a blind for five days to get a shot but it isn't about patience.

It's about passion, he says. You have to love it.

"Even your body will change between day one and five when you are out on the mountain," he confides.

He uses a large Inspire 2 drone for some of his photography because he wants the quality of his work to be impressive five years from now.

But it is the light that he is chasing.

"The arctic light is just phenomenal," he says" all the way from the coast of the Baltic Sea to the mountains of Swedish Lapland."

We see him perched on a small mountain in the middle of Rapadalen, Sarek, that is his favorite spot. He tells us about going up there from base camp every morning to get a shot of the sunrise in autumn.

He did, eventually, get it and it still gives him a "wow feeling" when he looks at the print. It gave us a wow feeling, too.

He also talks about how he got into photography during a three-month vacation in a town of 120 people he had thought would have nothing of interest. Instead he found he had too much to do.

Rosén is both a still photographer and a cinematographer. You can see more of his work on his Web site.

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