This collection of prints of The Scottish Highlands features heavily on the mountains of the north and west. It is an area of mountain and glen to which I was drawn back time and time again and within which I have now lived and worked for nearly twenty years. Built with some of the oldest rocks in the world, here rise tall remote mountains with steep sided ridges and lengthy glens that stretch out to the sea lochs of Linnhe, Nevis, Hourn, Duich, Carron, Torridon and Broom.
Lesser in stature but not in magnificence are the isolated stacks of sandstone and quartzite set upon plinths of ancient gneiss that stand in bold isolation above the wild moorlands of the far north – Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, Cul Mor, Quinag, Arkle and Foinaven – to name just a few. And then there are the many islands, in particular the Isle of Skye, with its jagged peaks and sharp aretes beloved of the hardiest and most skilled of mountaineers; these are without doubt the most awesome and challenging mountains to be found anywhere in Britain.
It is that magical and most infinitely diverse blend of mountain, glen and loch that has so much appeal and that challenges the compositional skills of a photographer such as I who seeks to portray every facet of detail of the scene that lies before him. The magnitude of the challenge to produce a broad collection of prints of The Scottish Highlands is amplified by the fact that these mountains can be shrouded in mist for days at a time and then, suddenly, will appear in skies of outstanding clarity only to disappear again with equal rapidity.