These photographs are from travels to the Isle of Arran in Fall 2014 and the Isle of Eigg in late Winter 2015. The purpose of both trips was to attend workshops with Bruce Percy, who is one of Scotland's foremost landscape photographers, as well as an all around great person. Workshop experiences tend to be a binary--they are either good or bad. The "bad" tend to involve large groups with little one-on-one time with the instructor, where you find yourself moving from location to location in rapid succession in order to provide some sense of value. Bruce's courses are the complete opposite; class sizes are small, the photography locations are often in remote areas of stunning beauty, and the focus is on working a few select areas to hone your skills and train the eye to see what is fully around you. All along the way, Bruce is hands on and spends significant time with each student, both in the field and during the afternoon review sessions, where he demonstrates and discusses various post-processing-vision-revealing interpretations of your work in Photoshop. The days were long and intense, and I genuinely learned a great deal about photography, post-processing, and most importantly, about my own photographic potential. The courses stretched my awareness, and gave me greater insight into the possibilities of where I could take my photography. I can't recommend his courses enough.
Bruce's website is here.
Bruce's workshop schedule is here.
(Note: the Isle of Arran workshop was retired.)
Scotland on the whole is a dynamic, moody, and visceral landscape. Its an intense and surreal place, and I found myself pleasantly surprised over and over again when I would notice something new or found the light illuminating the landscape in a different or profound manner. Scotland gave me the time to sink into my surroundings and explore the area I was photographing with openness and awareness. Scotland taught me quite a bit.