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Neil Barr

Featured Photographer

Neil Barr

Neil Barr was born in Glasgow and studied Fine Art Printmaking at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen before running a successful web marketing agency for nearly 20 years. After leaving the business, Neil bought his first camera in Sept 2014 and only took up photography as a hobby to occupy his mind whilst he figured out what to do with the next phase of his life. With no prior training or experience in photography, he went on to gain praise and many national and international awards for his work and currently travels the country selling his work at art and craft fairs.


Michéla Griffith

My images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. An important part of my portfolio continues to be about the interaction between water and light in, but I’m also experimenting with movement on land and even my own progress on foot through the landscape. Facebook Flickr


For Neil, landscape photography started as an addendum to an escape into the landscapes of Scotland, but it soon became much more than that leading him to step through the door and take up the challenge of making a living as a professional photographer. Behind his images lies quite a story.

Would you like to tell readers a little about yourself - your education, early interests and career?

I studied Fine Art Printmaking at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen ('88 to '92) plus a brief stint at Louisiana State University. A few years later I set up a web design company and grew that over nearly 20 years from just me in my kitchen to a fairly large company with 25 staff, offices in London and Glasgow and clients such as Channel 4, Scottish Ballet and Holiday Inn Express.

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  • Trevor

    I love the images Neil. For someone who’s relatively new to photography, they’re amazing and it’s no surprise to me that you have won competitions with your work. I also identify with your entry into photography as a source of income. My health is such that I’m having to leave teaching and photography may well be the only employment option open to me, anything else is simply too stressful. Anyhow, thanks for telling your story, your insights and the wonderful images, they’re brilliant.

  • “What will be the good of the conquest of leisure and health, if no one remembers how to use them?” ~Bertrand Russell

    Good for you for restoring balance to your life.

  • mike howitt

    I think your work is stunning Neil and your story is a great inspiration.

  • john mcsporran

    Thanks for the mention Neil. As you know, your work gives me huge inspiration and set me on the road to wild camping on top of mountains just for that one great shot.

  • Neil Barr

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments. It’s very appreciated. One thing that I only thought of since doing the interview, was the realisation (I think) that a lot of my shots make more sense in print. On screen (as here) they can look a bit overdone. But in print, they work much better. I hope that more can get to see the prints.

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