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We’ve been having an extended period of high pressure here in the Highlands which has meant sunny weather and relatively warm conditions for the time of year. It has also bought with it some amazingly hazy conditions which was shown to great effect on a couple of walks up hills near our house over the last few weeks. At times we could hardly see the mountains over in the next valley, despite having clear blue skies above us. In the photograph below, looking down from Garbh Bheinn near Kinlochleven, I can see a sense of the light that perhaps the Hudson River School artists saw, particularly in some of Albert Bierstadt’s paintings, or possibly similar light as in Turner’s exquisite Rigi paintings from Lake Lucerne.
There’s no walking in the hills this week though, as the dreaded Covid has finally found its way to the back of Ballachulish (to our house anyway). However, it gives me some time to start researching the Dutch Golden Age so that I can continue the series on the history of landscape painting and do a little more work on the darkroom.
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I found it in a bookshop in 1998 even though I was broke I bought it, love at first sight. I realise that this book has deeply influenced me. I can almost see a little bit of my photography in every photograph in the book, inspiring me and moving me. more
The luxury of having more time to prepare an interview with a photographer is that I can spend a bit of time trying to find any publications they’ve produced in order to get more background information. In Claude Fiddler’s case, I found two of his previous publications and managed to get them delivered quite quickly. more
What I couldn’t know was how living as an artist, spending more time outdoors, investing more time in experiences and in pursuit of personal interests, and making do with less income, would change me as a person. more
Connecting blue and red on a single frame can be interpreted as the warmth of the fire and the cold of the night. This motif has pursued people since prehistory. In general the night is full of similar contrasts. more
I’ve been photographing in the High Sierra for 35 years and I feel the body of work is significant. I haven’t changed the way I work over that timeframe. more
don’t intentionally chase excitement or thrill from doing landscape photography, although I certainly enjoy those moments when they show up! Quite the opposite, I am doing landscape photography because it lets me slow down and I can take my time to observe, discover, and create. more