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Isle of Skye

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The world famous Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye.

The Isle of Skye is a beautiful island off the North West coast of Scotland. With it’s rugged landscape, dramatic mountains, gorgeous coastline, lochs, and ever changing light –  it’s a mystical and enchanting destination with something for everyone – a utopia for travellers, walkers, climbers, photographers, fishermen (and fisherwomen), bird-watchers, food-lovers, whisky drinkers and lovers of music amongst the many reasons for visiting. 

I visited for the first time this August – I’m Scottish, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get there, but it has. I had heard tales of busy roads, full car-parks and many, many visitors during the busy months of July and August, but I have to say I was truly shocked at the sheer number of tourists, cars and camper-vans on the island. Everyone seemed to be in a hurry to dash round the island in a whistle stop fashion – only stopping for a moment for a group photograph at an iconic viewpoint, before moving onto the next. 

Don’t misunderstand me – my intention in writing this it not too deter anyone heading here. However, many of the roads are single-track – the pace of travel is slow and the essential passing places are not to be used for car-parking or no-one can get anywhere. Sadly – especially around the tourist spots – this was a common problem.With travel grinding to a halt and the grass verges on roads being chewed up with drivers having to struggle to pass each other. A little bit of common sense and respect wouldn’t go amiss.

Please go and appreciate the wonder of Skye – but respect is needed, and maybe July and August is not the time to go….


Isle of Harris – A Dream Destination

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I had the absolute luxury of running a 1:1 workshop on the Isle of Harris recently – an island in the Outer Hebrides on the West coast of Scotland that should be visited at least once by everyone and yes, you must take a camera.

The landscape is a photographers dream with a coastline and beaches you will simply fall in love with. The colours – even on a dull day – are sublime and the water really is tourquoise as it laps (or crashes) onto the silver sands with barely a footprint to be seen on the huge, largely empty and unspoilt bays. 

Travel to Harris – if going by land – is not a short journey, involving a ferry from Skye or Ulapool. You will drive through some spectacular countryside and once there the very quirky coastal roads will amuse and perhaps frustrate you – be patient, slow down and embrace the gentle pace – Harris, for me anyway, is a spiritual, tranquil and calming location. Sure the weather can be wild and unpredictable, but isn’t that part of its charm and a factor in the ever changing light – one minute dark and foreboding, the next moment golden as it falls across the contours of the land.  

Just go – you won’t be disappointed. 

All images copyright Ronnie Baxter Photography > www.ronniebaxter.co.uk

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Oi! Don’t You Understand Copyright?

The United Nations of Photography

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A long time friend and photographer Gavin Evans, had the good fortune to be commissioned to photograph David Bowie in London back in 1995. The shoot lasted just forty minutes but produced a powerful, graphic and insightful set of studio based images – you can see the images here http://gavinevans.com/david-bowie – that have sat on Gavin’s website and in his portfolio ever since. Bowie liked the images so much he asked for some of the prints for his personal collection, hung one in his Manhattan office, described the image above as his favourite of all time and when the Victoria & Albert museum staged an exhibition devoted to Bowie’s life in 2013, he suggested that Gavin’s portraits of him should be included and used in the exhibition and catalogue.

Fast forward to 2016 and the sad death of David Bowie and those same…

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