GRAY + GRAY
I have been hooked on travel and nature ever since I was a young child and grew up on a staple diet of David Attenborough programmes. I would spend my time day dreaming about seeing polar bears in the Arctic or standing on the shoulders of giant mountains. 20 years on, not much has changed. I call Glasgow my home and I’m very fond of it, but I’m at my happiest out in the wilds, camping and walking the hills or taking in the sights and sounds of a new rustic town. Watching the light change is a favourite pastime and photographing it has become something of an obsession.
My passion lies in travel and landscape photography; in Scotland’s stunning mountains; in worldwide culture and cities. Inspired by photographers like David Noton and Joe Cornish, I bought a semi-pro digital camera and a round the world air ticket. Donald and I packed a single bag between us and left for Hong Kong. That 2 year trip changed everything, including my entire outlook on what I wanted from life. We travelled through 9 countries, lived and worked in both Australia and New Zealand and fell in love with the spirit of freedom, documenting the whole trip on camera and in various journals. I used a lot of movement in my images to show the bustle of the towns and cities I was experiencing. A completely self taught photographer, I’ve learnt everything as I’ve gone along and honed my skills in the moment, out in the field.
My love for the outdoors led me to start photographing Scotland’s landscape, capturing the mood and changeable conditions. Trips to places like Italy and Iceland have fed the wanderlust that I constantly feel. My aim has always been to evoke a feeling within my photography, to tell a story. I take photographs for myself first and foremost, because I want to capture and remember what I’m seeing in the places I visit.
When I look at a scene, I see lines and shapes and colours and how they interact with each other. They make up the bigger picture. I shoot wide panoramas but I also like to crop in tighter and focus on the texture of the landscape and how the light is playing with it.
A lot of my photography is planned, with research on an area done long before we get there and even a reccie or 2 first. Once we get there and my camera is in my hand, everything is in the moment. It becomes an instinctual act of adapting to the changing scene in front of me. I quite often come home with totally unexpected shots that I’m so glad I hadn’t planned.
Travelling to a new place or watching the sun set from the top of a mountain is something worth sharing. It's best experienced with others.
With a shared passion for the outdoors and roads less travelled, my role is less business, more enjoyment. I call shotgun on all our trips out into the wild, capture behind the scenes, share the load when it comes to carrying heavy kit and soak up the memories.