The Orkney Islands are situated off the north coast of Scotland and offer unique photographic opportunities.

Big skies, sweeping vistas and rugged coastlines lend themselves to images of landscapes and seascapes.

Wartime relics of both World Wars, and abandoned buildings, inspire creative black and white imagery.

Neolithic stone circles make mysterious and moody subjects, which are enhanced by Orkney's big sky and ever-changing light.

Orkney has sparkling, crystal clear light due to its pure air quality. In winter in particular, the lack of any light pollution on clear nights encourages experimentation with night photography.

I am a freelance photographer based in Harray, Orkney, and my passion is to capture this island's sparkling, crystal-clear light and its illuminating effect on the landscape in particular. Living on the island means I can wait for the transient light conditions which can transform the landscape and Orkney's big sky. I also enjoy exploring the north west Highlands of Scotland and have introduced new portfolios covering Caithness, Sutherland, Wester Ross, Skye, Harris, Eigg and Rum.

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