Ian Evans is a mountaineer, photographer and writer on the mountains of Britain and The Himalaya. Born and educated in Liverpool, he now lives and works in the village of Invermoriston in the Scottish Highlands.
Mountain Images is the business founded by Ian in 1983 and are the original producers of specialist mountain prints in the United Kindgom. Proudly achieving a long-standing reputation for publishing exclusive high quality mountain prints, production continues to this day on a much smaller scale with images captured in digital format and printed in house using giclee technology.
Ian Evans has been an active mountaineer for more than 45 years; an interest in mountains and photography, awakened in 1972, was inspired further by images published from the British Everest and American K2 Expeditions in 1975. This would subsequently encourage him to research, organise and then lead trekking, climbing and photographic expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, India and Pakistan.
By 1986 Ian had established commercial relationships with several travel companies, including ExplorAsia, The Ultimate Travel Company (formerly known as Worldwide Journeys and Expeditions) and KE Adventure Travel, and for the next 20 years worked in the travel industry as a trekking consultant, professional trekking guide and expedition leader. As a frequent visitor to The Himalaya, he has accumulated an extensive collection of photographs of the region, particularly of the great 8000 metre peaks - the very highest mountains in the world.
Ian's written work, much of which related to travel in the Himalayan regions, accompanied by a significant amount of photography, appeared in the major climbing magazines of the 1980's and 1990's, namely 'The Great Outdoors', 'Climber and Hillwalker', 'Lakeland Walker', 'High', 'Trail' and 'Country Walking'. His images also appeared high profile works by other writers, including 'On Top of the World' by John Cleare, 'The Magic of the Munros' and 'The Call of The Corbetts' by Irvine Butterfield, 'Exploring the North-West of Scotland' and 'Wild Walks' by Richard Gilbert and 'Wilderness Walks' by Cameron McNeish.
As a consequence of exposing his work to a wider audience, either at public lectures or in climbing magazines, he decided to publish a selection of images in the form of prints. As a resident of Fort William at the time, the print he chose to launch onto the market was 'Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment'. It was an instant success, leading to the development the wider range of products that continues today and, in 1983, gave birth to the business Mountain Images.
Ian's portfolio transcends the accepted boundaries of landscape photography. He is a 'mountain man' through and through, and so his images are taken from that perspective.
Between 1975 and 1987, Ian captured all of his material in 35mm format using Olympus OM system cameras and lenses which he chose because they were simple to use, light and compact. They proved to be very reliable cameras and perfect for the conditions in the Himalaya with its extremes of temperature and altitude.
Ian moved up to medium format in 1988, initially using a Fuji 645 for the same reasons of light weight and convenience. Several different systems and cameras were to follow including, in 1997, the specialist panoramic Fuji GX617 which was an excellent, new and captivating format for a rapidly expanding portfolio.
Film stock in the early days was Kodak Ektachrome Professional 64, but later Fuji Velvia 50.
In 1999 Ian was one of the first outdoor photographers to identify the benefits of working in digital format, inclined towards this medium as soon as the technology had advanced enough to produce images of acceptable quality and was a practical alternative to film for the professional photographer working in the outdoors, particularly at high altitudes.
Ian has worked exclusively in digital format since 2003.