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:

Meditative Photography
Very often landscape photography feels like a chase; trying to read the signals of weather, light and landscape to put yourself in the right place and time to see something …
My First Wild Camp of the Year
The recent spell of fine weather here in the Highlands was a great opportunity to enjoy a relatively easy night out in a tent. After several good hill days on …
Sunset on Cairngorm
I needed a moment to pause as I took in the ridge that I was about to climb. 'Oh boy. Here we go.' Sometimes I think it would be nice …
Walking at the Forest’s Edge
Despite having spent over a decade exploring the Caledonian Forests of the Rothiemurchus estate, there are some areas of these woods where I have very rarely set foot. The higher …
Thoughts on The Darkest Day
I've been trying to get my head in gear to write a new post for weeks now. This is the 5th draft I've started in ten minutes, but this is …
Today Was a Gift
A few days ago the first snows of winter arrived on the mountains. There was a hard edged clarity of light in the forest that I only know from winter …