Castles and Kirks

New Gallery Published !

When lock-down ended, I found that I had become so used to being at home that I didn’t feel the desire to go out with my camera…. Why would I go out? where would I go? What would I photograph? The answer was that I needed an objective, a goal….. something to focus my attention. I have always photographed ruined buildings when I have come across them, and having discovered Almond Castle very close to where I live during lock-down, the initial idea was maybe to focus on ruined castles. However, this quickly grew to include old kirks, and historic houses in general. The project expanded again to include intact buildings, not just ruins. Whilst ruins have a certain character, there is something very impressive about the architecture and stonework of old historic buildings that you just don’t see today. So what started as a “small” project has grown a few arms and legs, and the tally of buildings tackled as of today (11th Dec 21) stands at 100 ! This gallery contains a subset of my favourites.

Please note that not all of these buildings (or the grounds) are open to the public. In some cases, e.g. exclusive hotels, private properties, and secured areas, I sought permission to visit and would like to thank all that said “yes” and kindly supported my little project !


Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year – The Results

The results of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the year were announced on 22nd Feb 2018, and one of my images (yes, another one of the Kelpies) will be published in the ebook.


Landscape Photographer of the Year – The Results

The results from Landscape Photographer of the Year were announced in Nov 2017, and I was delighted that my favourite image of the Kelpies had been commended, and will appear in the published book.

It’s also been selected as part of an exhibition which will be touring round the UK during 2018.


Salon Updates

Now got the results back from the salons I entered near the beginning of the year

  • 2 acceptances for exhibition 5th Digifocus International Digital Salon 2017
  • 13 acceptances in 5th Greek Photographic Circuit – first time I’ve entered a Greek Salon
  • 6 acceptances in the Trierenberg Super Circuit 2017 – with one image in particular being accepted in all 4 salons. The photo that did well is of a friend of mine David Clapp standing in front of one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls, and it’s one of my favourites from the last trip there.

  • The 9th International Artistic Photo Contest in Vietnam accepted my favourite Kelpies image and awarded it the Vapa Honourable Mention.  2 of the 4 clubs participating in the Finland International Circuit also accepted the image in their salons too !


Published in Outdoor Photography

Along the Edge22/8/2016

I sent in a portfolio of images of the Kelpies to Outdoor Photography earlier in the year and they decided to use one for their “Viewpoints” section. So I wrote up a little bit about the Kelpies and the article can be seen in the Autumn Edition.