Eileanan simply means ‘The Islands’ in Scottish Gaelic. In this case those islands are the Hebrides. I had wanted to explore the islands for such a long time.
I was fortunate enough to grow up never far from the sea and it is the sea that is very much part of my very first memories. I grew up in a family who loved boats, diving, snorkelling and fishing. I didn’t take to the sea immediately, their were a few tantrums but I was always captivated by that blue horizon. I remember so many car journeys as a child, stretching up from my seat to be the first to spot the ocean. I spent many years living abroad where the mountains always lay behind me and the sea in front.
It is no surprise that when I started to photograph the landscape it was the coastal strip and the ocean that drew me. When I met my wife we talked of exploration, of camping and of roadtrips. We talked of a life by the sea, a simpler life perhaps. Having grown up abroad it was the British Isles I yearned to explore and the further, the more remote, the more exciting it seemed. We cut our wings with trips out to Applecross and through the Highlands and we crossed the bridge to Skye one day, falling in love with place almost immediately.
We have visited Skye, Harris, Lewes, The Uists and Eriskay. Each one is deserving of so much more time and of course there are so many islands still to explore. As a landscape and coastal photographer I was blown away with the beauty of the varying landscapes. At times I was creatively emasculated by the sheer wonder of what I saw. Each island, each landscape required time to appreciate. There is so much I want to photograph, so many images I want to create and so much to study among the islands. I have started a number of ‘Projects’, created a number of ‘Series’ and I hope to add more as time allows. It will take a lifetime I’m sure but the bucket list is long.
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