About the Photographer
I am a qualified Mountain Leader (Summer) and member of the UK Mountain Training Association and have insurance to take people into the mountains anywhere in the UK. I hold a current outdoor First Aid Certificate. I also hold the A2 Certificate of Competency for flying drones.
Ever since I was a small boy I have enjoyed taking photographs. For me there has always been something magical that a camera can produce an image. I don't need to know the exact science of how this happens.
Later, as a keen hill walker and climber I always carried a camera into the wild places of Scotland to record the adventures I had in the great outdoors, but they were rarely anything more than just record shots. They may have lacked any real photographic merit but those record shots still bring back many happy memories for me of good days out with good friends.
It was probably reading the books of the late Galen Rowell, a world class climber, renowned photographer, conservationist and lover of the great outdoors, which first inspired me to try and take my photography to a more serious (but always fun) level. I never cease to be inspired by just being in the outdoors, especially in the landscape that is the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Now I am constantly striving to create images which not only record the landscape and wildlife of the Scottish Highlands but which will hopefully also capture something of the emotional response to what I see. This could be the moment when a shaft of sunlight breaks through dark storm clouds and lights up just a small area of hillside with that intensity of light and colour which never fails to lift the heart. Or it could be the moment when a crested tit alights on a branch, tilts its head to one side and gives me that characteristic quizzical look.
Being a photographer does mean being a bit obsessive. You have to want to always try and get a better image than the last one. Imagine getting out of bed early and walking for several hours into the hills carrying camera equipment only to find the weather is unkind and the lighting is no good so you return home with no images. You have to be prepared to go again and again until eventually you get an image which is something like the one you have in your head. It may take only a fraction of a second to capture an image with a camera, but it could have taken the photographer months or even years to obtain that image.
Photography is definitely a journey. There is always more to learn, always new places to go and new images to be taken. It is only recently that I have taken to wildlife photography and this is a further learning process. I do not mean just the learning of different photographic techniques but, more importantly, learning about the habits, territory, and lives of the wildlife which inhabits the Scottish Highlands. This gives me yet another excuse, if any were needed, to get into the great outdoors.