I grew up south of the border in Cambridge, before moving up to Glasgow for university – and I’ve stayed in Scotland ever since.
I’ve skied since I was around 10 or so but only started ski touring and steep skiing in the last five years. Around the same time, I started getting into mountain photography too. I find the creative process of trying to produce exciting images in tough and inhospitable environments really appealing.
If it’s a particularly cold or wet day, then you’re fighting the conditions trying to look after yourself and keep your camera kit working. If the best position for a shot is half way up a cliff face, then you have to work through the logistics of getting to that position.
I also love the physical challenge – being fit enough to lug lots of camera gear around and stay motivated to keep pushing the shutter button even when you’re exhausted, maybe also a little scared, and overall would probably rather be anywhere but there. I think the combination of all these exciting aspects is what draws me to this genre of photography over anything else. Expeditions – whether climbing or ski touring – seem to offer the best storytelling opportunities in my eyes.
Exploring Scotland on a particularly wild day can definitely get some exciting shots – shots that either make you want to be there, or be anywhere but there!
And that’s what I love about Scotland. Although I’ve been lucky enough to photograph some incredible athletes in some incredible locations, there is always something that draws me back to the Highlands.
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