On Thursday I commenced an HNC in Photography at West Highland College in Broadford. Why did I decide to return to study when I really don't need any more paper qualifications? Well the answer lies in the inspiration generated by having to think more about photography, as opposed to simply snapping away at things that look nice. The course has not really started properly yet but I was out on Saturday to the north of Skye for work purposes, so on the way home I took a bit of a detour round to Staffin in search of some inspiration.
Many years ago in the early '90s I did a land use survey of the Staffin area and one of my favourite spots was the township of Digg (pronounced 'Jeeg'). So I popped in to see if there was anything of interest and stumbled upon an old tin roofed house in a pretty poor state of repair. Inside was this old range, lit from the right side through a missing back wall. I have lightened it up a bit and the colours and textures in the wall are really interesting and the range itself is grate (get it!).
The following shot is of the house that the range was in, and as you can see it was in a pretty poor state of repair. I tried this shot in full colour and in black & white but for this version I slightly desaturated the colours and I like the overall feel of it. Somehow the desaturated colours emphasise the sense of neglect and I love the downy thistle heads in the foreground.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer (GIS) with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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