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One of the side effects of climbing and scrambling in the Highlands has been parental concern over the activity. I would certainly agree that when you’re perched on a crag in an airy location, safety is of the utmost concern. However, it was two recent fatalities in the Lost Valley, Glen Coe that have reminded me that it isn’t just supposedly dangerous activities that carry risk. The ‘simple’ walk above the gorge as you enter the Lost Valley is one that many will be familiar with, but the exceptionally dry weather has robbed the sides of the path of their cohesiveness and two people have fallen to their deaths in exactly the same place. If you’re out in the landscape, the idea of ‘safe’ becomes a grey area.
Two people who are very familiar with the hills and mountains of the UK are Joe Cornish and Alex Nail and I really enjoyed seeing the results of their time spent in the Fisherfield Forest (not a forest) which is also known as the Great Wilderness (it is certainly Great). I recorded a screencast from Joe Cornish when he was visiting last month and we hope you enjoy a look at his photographs from the trip. If you want someone to keep you safe in the mountains while you take in the views, Alex’s workshops are well worth a look and he’s currently got one space left on his Fisherfield Forest trip!
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McCullin’s landscapes have helped to inspire me to look more carefully at my immediate surroundings, with a view to taking photographs, and to broaden my ideas about what makes a suitable subject for a photograph. more
It was a pleasure to host Joe Cornish for a few days at the start of June and he had just come back from a trip with his son Sam and Alex Nail. more
At a very high level, creativity is a process that involves the sophisticated interplay of two mechanisms: idea generation and idea evaluation. more
This paradox springs from the fact that photographers’ peers are seen as both their preferred audience and their competition for the acquisition of images. Photographers want to brag about where they’ve been to people who they think will appreciate it. more
Later that afternoon, the thought occurred to me to take a photo of the tree every day for a year just to see what would happen. I decided to follow through on that thought, and I had no clue at the time how this simple idea would end up impacting my life. more
That quality of silence is probably the single most important element I find within the landscape, and often one of the most difficult to effectively communicate. Perhaps that valuation is a reaction to living in a busy world, which is seemingly always filled with noise and distraction? more