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I’ve been away with Charlotte for the last two weeks, travelling around the Lødingen, Hadsel and Vågan areas of Nordland, Norway. We were hosted by the very talented Trym Ivar Bergsmo and somehow he managed to arrange for the best autumn colour in a few decades and two weeks of low wind and sunshine (I do worry about the arcane sacrifices that he might have made!). It’s only our second foreign holiday since our honeymoon 16 years ago and Iceland was the other trip 5 years ago. It was quite something to see just how stunning a Scandinavian landscape can look as autumn moves towards winter. I’ll be writing more about our trip in the next issue of On Landscape and looking at how I perceive the similarities and differences between the Scottish and Scandinavian landscapes given the current conversations about rewilding, etc.
We also had a surprise meeting with Alister Benn and Oliver Wright whilst wandering some woodland during a day trip into Sweden; the world is a small place sometimes! It was doubly coincidental as we had been planning on asking Alister, Oliver and Trym to talk at next years Meeting of Minds conference - fortunately, they all said yes if schedules allow.
This means that the planning for the next conference is properly underway so if you are interested in attending, keep November 14th & 15th 2020 free in your diaries and subscribe to On Landscape for updates (we’ll give plenty of warning before announcing sales open).
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For me, it represents the darker and more foreboding side of Scotland and perhaps one which I should embrace more when I encounter it, rather than just purely seeking those wow moment – just one reason I have moved up here. more
The Equivalent is one of those ideas that in practice grows by the efforts and accomplishments of the people who explore it. ~ Minor White more
The landscapes I capture on the remote Scottish Islands are a reflection of solo time in nature, being still and embracing quiet . more
A great landscape photo should have some kind of emotional power and get a response from the person looking at it, rather than just being a representation of a location. more
My friends are passionate photographers, primarily landscapers, yet with differing photographic interests and different ways of seeing and making images. more
The guest we carry around with us is fear; fear of failure, of not fitting in, of not living up to our expectations, the vision of our perfect self, doubting ourselves, even when in our own minds we are clear as crystal. more
An exhibition by the Society of Scottish Landscape Photographers which consists entirely of black and white images, based on a mix of traditional landscapes and images with a more ‘creative’ edge. more