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Over the last year or so, I think I’ve had quite a few days out in the mountains, but it pales in comparison to my friend David Unsworth. He’s been working on a walking guide to the Bidean nam Bian mountain range, otherwise known as the “Three Sisters of Glencoe” - but not the usual walking guide which documents the standard routes up and down a mountain. Instead, the book is more “what routes could you take up a mountain if you ignored the established paths”. Obviously, there are going to be dead ends and switchbacks and places where you’d rather your granny didn’t go (that was David’s criteria for each walk - “Could my granny do it?” He obviously has an amazing granny!) so the mileage is more than you’d think. And then he has to get someone to walk each of the less travelled routes to check he isn’t going to drum up business for local mountain rescue! The final routes are decorated with David’s combination of Hasselblad film and Canon digital photographs but also with some stunning sketches of the mountain peaks made en plein air with pen and wash. He’s running a Kickstarter campaign that has a month left to run which you can read about in an article in this issue.
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"After the Storm" has that graphic quality in spades. But this image has extra “life" to it because of the climbers on the ridge. They give it scale and drama, and this is what really thrilled me when I first saw it. more
Xuan-Hui Ng’s artwork is powerful, evocative, and personal. She has found a way to celebrate and capture ephemeral moments in nature while simultaneously leveraging this imagery as a form of gratitude and celebration of life’s fleeting realities. more
I prefer to photograph in places that mean something to me, places I can have a relationship with, places I can return to over and over. more
I discovered that even more images were to be found of Culbin and when I received my copy of ‘The Landscape’, I realised that it also contained images from Culbin. I wrote to Paul with some questions and observations not long after that. more
Throughout an individual’s journey with photography, they may find themselves stuck in a routinistic life where they are *taking* aesthetically beautiful photographs of aesthetically beautiful things, not thinking much at all about the deeper meaning behind their creations. more