As I put the finishing touches to my new book (Rizzoli, September 2019), I felt drawn towards Scotland and specifically Glencoe and Glen Etive - as they are home to some of the most geologically raw visuals on earth. Despite being a proud Scot, I don’t give this part of the world as much attention as I should - which is an error given the unique drama of the topography.
There may not be alpha predators in the hood, but the stags in the autumn can be magnificent and the Highland cattle are amongst the most decorative in the world. The wild scenery is complemented perfectly by the wild look of the Highland cattle and for centuries the double act has attracted the painters’ brush - most notably George Turner’s student Louis B Hurt. He was from Derbyshire, but his romanticist brush was manifestly focused on the North and he
was known as Derbyshire’s John Constable. No one more than Hurt glorified the magnificence of nature in the Highlands.
Photography is all about access and thanks to the Fleming Family, I had that access to work this weekend - just down the glen from the famous closing scene in the Bond Film Skyfall. That Sunday was a glorious spring day and the evening offered me every chance to work the two variables together and make them one. The local estate managers and stalkers suggested that this was probably the first time that someone had the chance to photograph the most decorative of cows on the shores of the stunning Lochan Urr, just to the west of Dalness. The image has an emphatic sense of place and that was always the intent. It smells of whisky, bonhomie and a barbarous past.
I want to thank The Flemings and the McAlpines for all their support with this assignment. Without their support and advice, this idea had - as they say in Scotland - “nae chance”.
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