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Photographs which ask questions – ‘Inscapes’ the work of Simon Roberts.

In the past few weeks I have been enjoying processing and posting images from my recent trip to Scotland. Almost without exception they are photographs of dramatic and stunningly beautiful scenery. Images which immediately attract attention and have the potential to be ‘liked’ on Instagram and other social media platforms. Whilst they might be very pleasing to the eye it could be argued they lack any real engagement on the part of the viewer. In other words this style of image doesn’t raise questions. There is no story or mystery, everything is there for all to see. It’s great to look at but there it stops. It could be almost be described as one dimensional.

Why is any of this relevant? Let me explain.

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The Outer Hebrides -16:9 – Part 1

Church at Miavaig

The Outer Hebrides are a chain of islands off the north west coast of Scotland on the European edge of the Atlantic ocean. The two largest islands are The Isle of Lewis which lies to the north and it’s adjoining neighbour, The Isle of Harris to the south. Although they are called islands they are in fact one land mass. Further to the south are the islands of North and South Uist, Benbecula and at the southern most tip Vatersay.

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A walk in the Piddle Valley – what camera should I use?

If I head out with the specific intention of making photographs then I will always take one or maybe two 35mm full frame cameras and a choice of lenses depending upon what I am hoping to achieve. I may also have with me a set of Lee filters and quite possibly a tripod. I have never been a huge fan of tripods but sometimes you just can’t be without one. Carrying this lot for several miles is not that much fun.

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The Isle of Harris – All things bright and beautiful……

…. all vistas great and small. Yes, I know I have changed one of the words but I have done so for a particular reason.

This blog has been very quiet for the past month. Quite simply I have been away and taken a break from Social Media generally, including a self-imposed news blackout because it’s all just too depressing. How refreshing these decisions proved to be, but that’s a story for another day.

My wife and I have been in Scotland visiting The Outer Hebrides and staying on the Isles of Harris and Lewis, which neither of us have ever had the good fortune to experience before. These islands are stunningly beautiful and dramatic. It is almost impossible not to utter ‘wow’ as great views are likely to greet you at every turn.

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