I’m not usually much of a landscape photographer, but when an amazing opportunity arises I’m not going to pass it up! I was visiting an old friend in Scotland and she offered to drive me through the highlands just to see the mountains and get out of Cumnock for a day. I’m not sure she realized what she was getting into when she offered to take a photographer on a road trip, but I was thankful for her patience and good conversation. What was supposed to be a few hours turned into an all day affair of pulling over every few miles so I could shoot “just one more thing.” Everything was just so gorgeous that I couldn’t resist. The light that day was a photographer’s dream. Clear skies from sunrise til mid morning, then clouds flattened out the harsh midday sun, and it cleared back up just in time for evening glow time. I was in heaven.
An open landscape can be such a nice break. I had been traveling through cities for a couple of months and had begun to feel overwhelmed and sick of everything. I was sick of shooting, sick of people, sick of traveling – and these are generally my three favorite things in the universe. Taking this opportunity to shoot landscapes became therapeutic relief. It allowed me to slow down and take my sweet time – there were no people running through frames unexpectedly, or cars parked in front of the best shots – I felt like I had the world to myself. Each time I shoot landscapes I find that I am able to return to my usual work with more enthusiasm. The best inspiration can come often come from doing something a little different, just a bit outside my comfort zone. I loved the light, subtle color palettes, and the expansiveness of the open landscape. Scotland was the last stop during a summer full of travel and this experience was important in preparing me to return to senior year totally refreshed and ready to face thesis, shoot people, and engage with city life in full force.