I’m fortunate to be able to go to the Isle of Skye off Scotland’s west coast a couple of times a year. The first time I went was in 2012 when I’d been inspired by the work of Julian Calverley, who’s moody photography perfectly capture the true nature of Scotland’s landscape and weather. His photographs at Elgol, in particular, mesmerised me and inspired me to drive from coast to coast and beyond to photograph this magical location.
Having never been further than Kyle of Lochalsh before I knew I’d need some local knowledge if I was to find my way around. I drafted in my good friend Andrew who’s an experienced Munro bagger and knows his way around the Scottish countryside. As I said to Andrew at the time, I could be just around the corner from something amazing and not even know it was there!
So, off we went in my little car. It was Autumn 2012 and the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, had just come out. Hashtags were still fairly new and so we gave our trip the name #skyefall. You can see what we did there, right? One of the highlights of the weekend was coming up with 007 puns such as Cold ‘n High, From Ross-shire With Love, Storr Your Eyes Only and so on. It was a long drive!
Anyway, back to the photography… Our first stop would be Elgol with it’s incredible view to the Black Cuillin mountains. This was the location I’d been dreaming of and the sunset we experienced there didn’t disappoint and sunrise the next morning wasn’t too shabby either.
Over the weekend we covered most of the well known Skye locations – Sligachan, The Quiraing, The Old Man of Storr, The Fairy Pools, Mealy Falls and The Fairy Glen. I won’t bore you with BnB reviews and such like butI will say that the whole weekend renewed my passion for landscape photography. After a few years of concentrating on my commercial photography business I was utterly inspired by the views, the texture of the landscape, the tranquility and the changing weather. One thing I’ve learned in my photographic journey is that getting inspiring subjects in front of my camera in turn inspires me to do better work.
Is there something magical about Skye? Maybe for me, maybe not for you, who knows? 5 years ago in Skye I found inspiration that still fuels me to this day. I would encourage you to find the things that inspire you. The things that make you want to lift your camera. The things that you can’t not photograph. If you can do that, you’l be on the right track to making photographs that you’re passionate about.
I should mention here that my next tour of Skye is on the first weekend in November, 2017. You can find information in the Tours section.