My interest in photography grew spontaneously as a means of recording the natural sights I encountered. It evolved into a passion for conveying not just these sights but also the emotions triggered by such places as mountains, rivers and forests. This encouraged me to actively seek out experiences and places where the human connection to nature can be felt most keenly.
Writing has become an equally important partner to my photography. I combine these mediums in an attempt to convey something which I find beautiful but almost inexpressible – the individual’s experience of being in the living world. I find it intriguing how a few choice images or words are able to awaken connections between people and places.
My work has enjoyed some successes including appearing in several national magazines and newspapers, photography competitions and charitable publications. Several larger pieces have been displayed at exhibitions and in local businesses.
Besides artistic pursuits I am also a qualified wilderness guide and outdoor instructor in several sports. I have led people on trips throughout Scotland, sharing our beautiful landscapes with people from all walks of life.
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My photographic style has consciously evolved toward compositions that best resemble the experience of looking at the world with your own eyes. I favour panoramic compositions at an equivalent zoom length to the human eye, often placing key points of interest near the centre of the image. I seek out places with extraordinary natural compositions and aim to present images of these places during the most intimate and fleeting moments they have to offer.
My speciality is forest photography, especially Caledonian and Boreal forests. I find these habitats to be the most beguiling and beautiful places I have ever encountered.
Equipment and Technique
I primarily use a Nikon D7000 as my main camera which is supplemented by a Nikon D3000 and GoPro Hero when weight and mobility are an issue. I use a selection of lenses but usually stick to my trusty Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6. I normally bracket my exposures and choose the best, processing with Adobe Lightroom. I also enjoy the added care and attention required by film photography, for which I use a classic Minolta X-700.
For video I primarily use my iphone with a gimbal stabiliser along with my regular cameras. I also use a DJI Mavic Pro for aerial shots and record sound with a Zoom H1 hand held recorder.
I tend not to use a tripod except when filming, preferring to remain mobile and move frequently to enjoy different vantages and compositions quickly. The most crucial factor to my work is a deep familiarity with the locations I use, earned through many hours in the field to gain an understanding of that places relationships between weather, season and habitat.
Ethos and Practice
I am thoroughly committed to the simple principle of doing no harm to the landscape in pursuit of my photography. I am an advocate of ‘rewilding’ and hold a corporate grove with Trees for Life to support their efforts to restore the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands, and I hold a membership with the John Muir Trust, advocating for and managing wild land in Scotland for conservation.
I am also a qualified Leave No Trace trainer and practice the 7 principles of Leave No Trace at all times when outdoors and do my best to educate others in these principles.