Thursday, 2 January 2014

Scotland's First Professional Nature Photographer Laurie Campbell shares his photos of 'Wild Harris'

Photographer Laurie Campbell will share his stunning images from his time working for the North Harris Trust in talks for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in Inverness, Perth and Stirling between 13th-15th January.

The evening’s presentation will show the results from a recent project where Laurie worked on a photography commission for the North Harris Trust to photograph the wildlife, landscape and a little of the culture of a community-owned 62,000 acre estate in this wild and beautiful part of Scotland.

Working through the seasons over the course of a year on the Trust’s 62,000 acre estate, he will describe his experiences of photographing species such as golden eagles in winter, and then from a tiny camouflaged hide thirty feet away on a cliff ledge overlooking their eyrie where he captured some of the most intimate photographs ever taken of these birds at the nest.

Although the commentary throughout the presentation will occasionally include some technical information about equipment and photographic techniques used, the style is equally aimed to be informative about the various habitats and subjects together with the fieldcraft skills required to get close to them.

This talk is kindly sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Born in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1958 and with a life-long interest in the natural world, Laurie Campbell has dedicated over thirty five years to photographing Scotland’s distinctive wildlife and flora. In the beginning his aim was simple, to show what he had witnessed to others who might have neither the time nor the inclination to go out into the field and experience nature in as much detail for themselves.

After graduating from a four year degree course in photography at Napier University he continued accumulating stocks of photographs of wildlife and in 1985 became Scotland’s first full-time professional nature photographer. His imagery is published across a range of media and is widely recognised for its distinctive style and his preference for using natural light and belief in photographing subjects which are neither captive or manipulated but simply as he finds them in the field.

Laurie’s talk Wild Harris will take place at 7:30pm on:
13th January - Inverness - The Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX
14th January - Perth - North Inch Community Campus, Gowans Terrace, Perth, PH1 5BF
15th January - Stirling - Logie Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Everyone is welcome. Tickets are £8 for adults, free for students, under 18s and RSGS members.

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