HIGH AND MIGHTY

Land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher Colin Prior is the God­fa­ther of mag­nif­i­cent moun­tain panora­mas, says Morag Boot­land

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A col­lec­tion of Colin Prior's mag­nif­i­cent moun­tain panora­mas

The com­bi­na­tion of un­chang­ing moun­tains which have over­seen the rugged Scot­tish land­scape for mil­len­nia, plus the seem­ingly ever-al­ter­ing light pro­vided by our con­stantly fluc­tu­at­ing weather, have been a muse to many pho­tog­ra­phers over the years. But few have the ex­pe­ri­ence or the abil­ity to cap­ture these ge­o­log­i­cal mar­vels like Scot­land’s very own moun­tain man, Colin Prior.

Fa­mous for im­mor­tal­is­ing breath­tak­ing land­scape shots in all their panoramic glory in his books, Prior has al­ways been drawn to wild places. Putting his suc­cess down to pa­tience, as well as

skill, he has in the past waited for years for just the right sec­ond to cap­ture a scene from just the right an­gle in the per­fect win­dow of weather to en­sure the colours and light are just right.

Prior now teaches his art to bud­ding snap­pers at work­shops or through one-to-one tuition. He’s also a reg­u­lar on tele­vi­sion for the BBC’s Ad­ven­ture Show, where he is able to ex­plore and share more of his beloved Scot­tish wilder­ness.

This col­lec­tion of in­spi­ra­tional images per­fectly show­cases Prior’s pas­sion for pho­tograph­ing his home coun­try, from the forests and moors of the main­land, to his na­tion’s wildest and most re­mote is­lands.

“Moun­tains have stood un­changed, over­see­ing the land­scape for mil­len­nia

“Prior has al­ways been drawn to wild places

Across the waves: San­day and Rum from Dun Gore on Canna.

Op­po­site: Suil­ven, Glen­can­isp For­est, Assynt.

Top left: Blaven and Clach Glas, Sound of Sleat, Isle of Skye.

Above: Can­non­ball con­cre­tions at the Bay of Lairg, Eigg, look­ing to­wards Rum.

Above right: Herd of feral goats, Dun­don­nell, Ross and Cro­marty. Right: River Tal­ladale, Strath Lun­gard, Flow­erdale For­est.

Above left: The At­lantic crashes onto the shore at Traigh Scarasta on Har­ris.

Clock­wise from above: Gi­ant daisy (Leu­can­themella serotina) and bar­ley; Beech trees at Bel­helvie in Aberdeen­shire; The Old Man of Storr, Trot­ternish Ridge, Isle of Skye.

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