Our latest walker of the month is the wonderful Glen Campbell of Lightstalkers Scotland and Lightstalker Adventures. Glen was kind enough to take the time to tell us about his love of walking and photography.
How did you get into photography?
I had always had a camera since I was young, my dad bought me an early 120 film camera back from the states and from then on I got caught up in the sentiment of recording events and new experiences throughout my life. I then did a round the world trip in 1994 and documented it all on film, from then on I was hooked on travel and photography. I emigrated to Australia in 1997 and went onto study Visual Art – Applied Photography in Melbourne.
What is your favourite Scottish Walk?
Any walk on it’s day is great in Scotland, a great short walk is the Quiraing circuit walk on Skye. For sheer contrast of landscapes and mood it has got to be the West Highland Way. I did it late 1995 and have done bits of it as day trips since.
What do you feel are the highlights of this walk?
I love the section from Bridge of Orchy past the Black Mount and over Rannoch Moor. The sense of vast emptiness and looming mountains is hard to beat. Then just when you think it is done, you are confronted with glimpses of Glen Coe and the Buachaille Etive Mor.
Where can people see more of your work?
What tip or piece of advice would you give to someone starting out walking?
Get some good information on walks in your area, the Pathfinder books are great, informative and easy to follow, they are broken down into shorter walks to get you started, building up to bigger and more challenging walks.
What is the best piece of walking or photography advice you have ever received?
From Trekking in Nepal to short walks in the Highlands, go at your own pace. Make sure you stop and take it all in regularly, its not a race.
What are your top tips of taking stunning landscape photos?
Shoot as much and as often you can, learn to shoot on manual, make the most out of the camera you have and take the time to discover and appreciate other great photographers work..it should inspire you and it will eventually rub off on your own images.