Ian Evans founded Mountain Images in 1983 when, as a resident of Fort William, he sold his first print ‘Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment’ to Nevisport, a leading outdoor retailer in the town at the time. In so doing he became one of the very first photographers in the UK to sell specialist photographic prints of mountains on a commercial scale to the general public. Initially all sales were limited to retail outlets in the Lochaber region but, with the growing popularity of outdoor activities and the arrival of digital technology and the internet, the business quickly expanded to appeal to, and satisfy the demands of, a much broader market.
As pixels replaced film and Giclee printing technology replaced the older, slower and more expensive lithographic processes, so too did his range of prints and the quality of the final product. Throughout the years that followed, Mountain Images justifiably earned an enviable reputation as a trusted supplier of high quality mountain prints, now produced in-house and sold individually, upon demand, exclusively through this website.
“I have been an active mountaineer for nearly 50 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 me to research, organise and then lead trekking, climbing and photographic expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, India and Pakistan.
By 1986 I had established commercial relationships with several travel companies, including The Ultimate Travel Company (then known as ExplorAsia) 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.
My 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 and Trail Magazine. My images have 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’ by Richard Gilbert and ‘Wilderness Walks’ by Cameron McNeish.
Between 1975 and 1989, I used Olympus OM 35mm system cameras and lenses because they were light and compact, proving to be very reliable cameras and perfect for the conditions in the Himalaya with its extremes of temperature and altitude. I moved 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 1999, the specialist panoramic Fuji GX617 which was an excellent, new and captivating format for a now rapidly expanding portfolio.
I 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 proven as a practical alternative to film for the professional photographer working in the outdoors, particularly at high altitudes. I have worked entirely in digital format since 2003.”
Equipment used (August 2019) :
Nikon D850 Camera
Nikon D7200 Camera
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24mm f1.8 G ED Lens
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85mm f1.8 G Lens
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 G ED VRII Lens
Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM (Art) Lens
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 16-80mm f2.8-4 ED VR Lens
Gitzo GT3542LS Series 3 Systematic Tripod
Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Tripod
RRS BH-55 Full Size Ballhead
RRS PC-PRO Round Screw-knob Panning Clamp
RRS BD850-L Plate for Nikon D850
RRS BD7100-L Plate for Nikon D7200
LEE Soft ND Graduated Filters, 0.3, 0.6, 0.9
LEE Circular Polarising Filter
LEE Big Stopper Neutral Density Filter
LEE Little Stopper Neutral Density Filter
Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2018
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019