About

Say hello:

Hi, I’m David Russell. Thanks for your interest in Highland Wildscapes.

I am a professional landscape photographer, outdoor instructor, and guide from the Scottish Highlands. I run workshops in landscape photography across the Highlands; courses in outdoor adventure skills; and special outdoor experiences.

I follow my passion to be outside in the places that represent the foundation of our culture, our history, and our identity – the natural places. I love to capture my experiences and tell stories, and I love to help other people find their way and do the same. I take photos, I write, I teach and I tell tales.

I have worked with people from all walks of life in the great outdoors. What is clear is that no matter where we come from and what we have done, there is a universal bond between people and nature. When we are together with the world is when we are most truly human.

Qualifications

  • Summer Mountain Leader Award
  • Level 2 Kayak and Canoe Coach
  • Single Pitch Award
  • Outdoor First Aid
  • Certified Leave No Trace Trainer

My Journey So Far


Fifteen Years

of exploring

Half a Million

Images

7

Pairs of Boots Worn Out

100%

satisfied customers

Here’s some of my story:

I have had lifelong interests in lots of things. I simply find the world to be a fascinating place and have enjoyed learning about how it all works. As a kid growing up in the countryside I spent lots of time outside with great freedom – to which I attribute my deep love of wild places.

My interest in photography grew spontaneously. It intrigued me, and having a camera in my hand felt great right from the first. It evolved into a passion for conveying not just 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.

I now live in the Cairngorms National Park, where I am surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful natural habitats. In a few short minutes I can be in the heart of the forest, on the side of a mountain, or beside the shore of a still loch. These landscapes have inspired generations of artists, writers and photographers. Among these was my greatest inspiration – author of The Living Mountain – Nan Shepherd.

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, and used by local artists who also find inspiration in our landscape.

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.

If you are interested in featuring or using any of my work please get in touch through the contact form above, or via the Contact page.

From the Blog:

The photos from this day in 2008 still look great. Glen Etive – one of the best days I ever had.
I've been taking a deep dive into my image archive to a wonderful day in 2008, exploring Glen Etive for photography in the snow. This was one of those days …
First Photography of 2022: Torridon and Loch Maree with a New Lens
Our first adventure of 2022 was a brief trip up to the Loch Maree/Torridon area in Wester Ross. Besides the Cairngorms this is probably my favourite area in the Highlands, …
2021 was a bizarre year, but here are my twelve most meaningful images.
This is one of those posts that I've had to start and restart writing several times. There's just too much to tell. It's been a remarkable year in many ways. …
The Great Inversion, Part Four: The White Goddess
Day Four: Tuesday 21st December Every great day of photography begins with a plan, a rough prediction of what weather and light might look like, which gives rise to an …
The Great Inversion, Part Three: The Edge of Beauty
Day Three: Monday 20th December Scout and I returned to Whitewell in the early morning, not long after sunrise. Once again we ran from the van to the birch trees …
The Great Inversion, Part Two: Shadow of the Mountain
Day Two: Sunday 19th December The second day of the Great Inversion was Saturday 18th, but since I had to drive south to get my booster shot I wasn't able …