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There’s nothing better to motivate you to work locally than the lack of transport. Since our campervan had terminal engine smoking syndrome last year, we’ve been down to a single car which has been fine for most of what we wanted to do. However, last week the dreaded engine management system in the Volvo told us that the car wanted to have a rest… a long rest… in a garage.
Being down to zero cars means making do with what we can reach from the house. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of local hills and we thought it would be good to try camping on the hill our house is named after, Mheall Mor. It has a wonderful view down Glen Coe but the walk up to it is quite relentless so we were thankful for the two lightweight tents we had bought last year (Tarptent Notch’s). The weather was a cool but sunny spring day and once set up it wasn’t long before those new tents were made use of. At three am I was woken by a very odd noise made by something flying sorties over our tents. Later research confirmed our guess that we had been dive-bombed by Nightjars! At 4:30am the morning came and went without any drama but I crawled out to at least witness the view and it will definitely be one to come back to. It wasn’t long until the sleeping bag called me back but a couple of hours later the heat of the sun told me it was time to get up and the view of the light on the river Coe made me pick up the camera once again before our final walk back to the house.
As long as we can get our car going again in time, we’ll be making every effort to get out to see the exhibitions we’ve included in this issue - the Royal Photographic Society’s Landscape Group’s outdoor exhibition in Edinburgh (closing on the 16th of June) and Joe Cornish’s massive project for Yorkshire’s Fountains Abbey which will be on display until October 31st (I hope we have a car by then!)
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The Landscape Group of the RPS have launched an outdoor exhibition across several cities for 2022. Having just opened in Edinburgh and running until 18th June, the event will move next to York, then south and finally moving towards London in the autumn. more
This photo series is my attempt to convey what I experience and feel when I see a clear-cut forest. Many of us share feelings of discomfort and horror when we encounter them. This ravaging of our forests is not a new phenomenon; it has been in practice for centuries. more
Ansel Adams spent much of his early years training to become a classical pianist. He often mused about the ways his musical training has influenced his photography. more
I’ve come to realise that you can’t force things. It’s been a big change, and not all of the reasons that I had for doing things previously are still applicable more
The modern concepts in arts, which evolved from Realism, Impressionism, and post-Impressionism to the abstract art forms we have today, were far from being conceived, let alone being recognised as art. more
Struggling to think of what to buy me for a birthday present, decided to abandon the usual bottle of whisky and pair of slippers and instead booked me on a landscape photography workshop in the far north of Scotland! Could the old dog learn some new tricks? more