Connecting with the landscape

I’m very conscious that I’ve ignored the blog for far too long again, but I had hoped I’d be writing an extended piece about my experiences on St. Kilda at this point, in fact I’ve even started two articles, but the weather has beaten me one again.

Loch Alsh from a viewpoint near Kyle town

Loch Alsh from a viewpoint near Kyle town

I had also planned to write a piece about shooting the machair on Uist, but something remarkable happened while we were there.

Black house at Carinish

Black house at Carinish

I’ve read several articles by much respected photographers like Bruce Percy and David Ward about “connecting” with the landscape and I’ve always been aware of this, but despite the weather we experienced on Uist, we’re both surprised just how much we connected with this unique landscape. We went with quite a lot of pre-conceptions about what we would shoot and how we would do it, but we’ve come away with some totally different feelings. Despite our love for simple, almost minimal images, we felt we were up against it with the sparse landscape of Uist, but as it turned out, we really connected with this empty landscape. We both feel we could do so much more with it photographically now we’ve been and seen and had time to absorb it. Some islands we’ve visited such as Arran, we just didn’t “get”, but Uist works for us, so even though the weather wasn’t kind to us this trip, we really fancy going back and trying some of these ideas we both have swimming around in our heads.

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