Originally from Gourock on Scotland's west coast, I am a self-taught photographer whose passion for the art began in my early teens.
During a varied career, my first ten years as a ship's draughtsman including two years working in Denmark, followed by almost 25 years designing and writing computer software for a Glasgow based company, my passion for photography only ever found expression as a leisure pursuit.
Moving to one of Scotland's areas of great natural beauty in 1993 I settled in the village of Laide in Wester Ross with its sweeping sea and mountain views. My home for over 20 years, set amongst the little cluster of houses you see in the foreground in the photograph below, looks over Gruinard Bay to one of Scotland's greatest mountains, An Teallach, below which, on the far shore, are the beautiful pristine beaches at Little Gruinard.
In this idyllic location I founded an art business based on photography and picture framing, selling my work directly from my studio as well as via local galleries and other outlets such as the National Trust for Scotland. The images in the gallery on this website are available for purchase. Due to the wonders of my website host, SmugMug, they do all the processing, printing and dispatching leaving me more time to do what I love, walking the hills and photographing them!
Now living in the highland village of Contin with my life partner Corinne, we are in the process of recreating the picture framing business I founded in Laide over two decades ago. Check back on my website for news of the launch date for the framing business!
The main themes of my photography have been concerned with the landscapes in which the people of Scotland's North-west Highlands live and work and to capture its ever changing moods. Many of my landscapes feature the remote communities in this wilderness area, as in the image above. People living there know that they are fortunate to have their home in one of the most extraordinarily beautiful places on earth. Now that Corinne and I are living in Contin we have new Highland landscapes to explore and photograph!
There are two verses written by Lord Byron that sum up perfectly my feelings for the landscape of Scotland's Highlands. I am sure that anyone who walks through wild landscapes cannot fail to experience the feelings expressed by these verses;
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is a society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.
From Lord Byron's 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage'