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August has been a bit of a mad dash between work and play. The last few weeks of the Natural Landscape competition saw us with a large number of late entries (thank you to everyone who has supported our first year. It means a huge amount to us!). We also said goodbye to our campervan, a sad day indeed but she managed to get me up to the North West of Scotland before needing a rescue. Before this month, I hadn’t been further North than Ullapool since I was a young teenager and I have to say I was blown away by the landscape. I didn’t have much time to stop and take photos, though, as my weekend trip had other goals. After a day wandering the cliffs just east of Achiltibuie, a quick relocation to the Stoer Lighthouse had me walking, scrambling, tyroleaning (is that a word?) and finally climbing up the Old Man of Stoer. Seeing this sublime Torridonian sandstone pinnacle up close, sitting as it does in the Minch between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, was an amazing experience. It was also great to see Mark Littlejohn who joined me on the cliff side to take a few photos as we were getting off. The climbing went very well apart from a girl climbing above us who had a severe case of heebie jeebies and had to be lowered off (the screams had me thinking someone had come a cropper!). We summited after six hours and then a 60m free hanging abseil followed by a scramble back up the cliff and a long walk had me back at the campervan for some well deserved sleep.
Unfortunately, my slow drive back through the beautiful Clachtol, the limp past Lochinver and a smoky finish in a layby outside Ullapool was the last hoorah for our poor camper. Seeing how many campervans and mobile homes there were on the NC500 made me realise that we can live without one for a couple of years, at least until the ‘trend’ dies down a little and people return to European holidays.
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The photograph is not only about two trees. For me, it's more about the complexity of nature, that there is always something more to discover if one just takes the time to look. more
This issue our 4x4 landscape photography portfolio features are from subscribers: Christophe Wilmotte, Peter Dyer, Sandra Roberts Sara Harley more
I have found that in order to make my most meaningful and expressive photographs I had to learn to put photography out of my mind—to not allow it any attention at all until called upon by some aspect of a meaningful experience to make a photograph. more
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Jerry’s new project, “Dust to Dust” focuses on the impacts on both the natural environment of the region as well as the impacts to the built environment and the various intersections of each. more
I did a little more research and found an online gallery of homemade technical cameras, featuring odd lenses mounted on plywood or cannibalised Fuji 680s and an incongruous digital camera clinging to the back. I also looked at Sony adapters for 5x4 cameras. Perhaps I could re-use my Shen Hao folding field camera and just use large format lenses. more