HIGH AND MIGHTY
Landscape photographer Colin Prior is the Godfather of magnificent mountain panoramas, says Morag Bootland
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.