About

I’ve loved being outdoors all my life.

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

When people ask me what my job is, I’m never sure how to answer. 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 outdoor skills and I tell tales.

I have worked with people from all walks of life in the 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:

Sixty-Plus Landscapes from Autumn in the Highlands
Autumn is starting to come to a close here in the Cairngorms. Most of the trees have now been stripped of their leaves. The hills are dusted in snow every …
Rime Ice (A Mountain Poem)
Heading home I saw the hillsFrom the North the Cairngorms display their true size. From other angles pretending at being small. Vast, precipitous, and they beckon. Lairigs draw breath The …
Woods, Rain and Water – A Perfect Waterfall Photography Workshop
A Plan Suitable for the Weather This last Saturday was my final scheduled photography workshop of the autumn. The original plan for the day was to head to Creag Meagaidh …
Woods, Mountains and Rainbows – A Great Day Out for Photography
Last Saturday was the day of the long anticipated Torridon and Loch Maree workshop, which I had been especially looking forward to. Autumn is arguably the best time of year …
Navigational Awareness – Don’t Get Lost on the Hills
The recent case of a man lost in the Cairngorms for two nights is just the latest incident for the busy Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team. It won't be the last. …
The Most Beautiful Loch in Scotland? – A Hike across Cairngorm to Stunning Loch Avon
https://youtu.be/jONYTJFBjMQ Starting Out A few days after my photography mission to Braeriach it seemed that the warm settled weather had no intention of leaving the Highlands. The Cairngorms were bathing …