I came across Stuart Low’s website when his recent blog post caught my eye via Facebook. It is about the loss of a favourite tree to photograph. His picture of it below highlights its beauty but read his blog to see its ruin. Did he give away its location by positing his image on flickr and as result unethical camping vandals got to it?
Whatever happened it reminded me of when Mhairi and I returned to our favourite tree in Glencoe ( and a favourite of many other photographer’s too) only to discover it had fallen.
Stuart shares a passion of mine for the lone tree in the landscape. He has a gallery dedicated to trees. This has inspired me to do the same as its a theme I love. He won a commendation in Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2012 for his photograph of a tree near Glenfarg. I know the area well and can kick myself for not getting this one. I believe its the mark of a good landscape photographer that they can find the beauty in a familiar landscape by awareness of composition and spotting when the light is just right.
His main line of photography business is teaching through running workshops and courses in fantastic locations throughout Scotland. You can read all about them on his website. I have not been on one of his courses but he freely gives tips and good instruction on his blog and flickr site which is well worth a read.
There is an excellent discussion on his flickr photo stream where he proves the cost of shooting film is both cheaper and better than (his) several thousand pounds worth of digital equipment. A point often made is that the greats of photography over the last fifty years or so used equipment you can pick up on eBAy for a few quid.
Stuart is obviously a great and passionate teacher so joins my list of Scottish Photographers on this blog. (see the topic drop down box and pick photographers to see the full list so far).
I aim to grow this review of Scotland’s landscape photographers pull it together into one post sometime soon so please let me know of any you would like to feature , including yourself.