Highland landscapes in the southern Cairngorms of Scotland

SCOTLAND Near Pitlochry -- 05 May 2014 -- View from the summit of the 841 metre peak of Ben Vrackie near Pitlochry in the Highlands of Scotland provides spectactular views of the surrounding hills and peaks -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive
SCOTLAND Near Pitlochry — 05 May 2014 — View from the summit of the 841 metre peak of Ben Vrackie near Pitlochry in the Highlands of Scotland provides spectacular views of the surrounding hills and peaks — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive

I often think landscape photography is a little like a writer writing poetry. Most landscapes have no commercial or editorial value and especially so if they are black & white.

Though, I never stop shooting landscapes, if only as a personal memento of my extensive travels. This image is part of a great portfolio of landscapes I took recently while climbing up Ben Vrackie in the Scottish Highlands for a post on a travel guide blog I now edit.

Scotland’s landscape, like much of the northern latitudes of the British Isles, is magic to photograph (if you know what you are doing) and I am thinking about putting these landscapes into a limited-edition coffee table book at some stage in the coming years.

Landscapes reveal themselves to the photographer and have a mystical quality when the picture magically comes together. Much like the combination of words that make up a poem. While I can probably write passable poems, I prefer to do make one with my eye and I hope, if you see this blog post, that you connect with that as I do when I see it and click the shutter.

In the 19th Century, many Victorians saw something in the Scottish landscape which connected them with the divine and this movement was labelled ‘the Sublime’. I don’t disagree…There is something about much of the Scottish landscape which is very much sublime in a way that is not immediately apparent, making it, I suppose, truly sublime. If I managed to capture just a hint of that, then I would say this photograph may have worked.

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