Jim Buchanan, one of our local expert for this workshop, will lead us on a fascinating exploration of the area, to reveal a host of natural and man-made features. Photo © Jim Buchanan




The landscape can reveal many secrets – if we know how to read it. Photograph the story of this dramatic coastal region of Wester Ross, as seen through its geology, archaeology, history and geography.

Location: Inverewe House, Inverewe Gardens, Scotland
Dates: Sept 16-22, 2019
Cost: £1690
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The landscape can reveal many secrets and much history, that can shape our photography, if only we know how to read it. In the NW Highlands, the beautiful wide-open landscape tells us not only of the receding glaciers from the last ice-age, but also its geology – it has some of the oldest rocks on the planet. And then there are the signs of human habitation going back 4,000 years, including sites of ceremonial and ritual significance.

During this week we will be guided by two local experts on the landscape of the Highlands, Paul Tattersall and Jim Buchanan. (Together they produce local climbing guides – although we’ll be photographing at ground level!) Paul is both a keen geologist and outdoor expert, and he has previously led our very popular Wester Ross Through Time geology workshop. Jim’s passion for the great outdoors is focussed on archaeology and history. He has mapped the paths of all local glaciers, participated in surveying over 500 round houses, and used aerial images from his drone to illustrate his recent exhibition ‘Exposing Hidden Secrets in the Landscape’.

As we visit and photograph the local landscapes of Wester Ross, both Paul and Jim will explain how we can read more from the landscapes we are photographing. These landscapes go back over 3 billion years, from the creation of micro-continents, to the formation of North-West Scotland by the collision of several of these micro-continents (creating the oldest part of Britain), to the recent shaping by the Ice Ages. More recently, there is evidence of early human impact, through the medieval Clan period, pre-industrial revolution townships, up to 19th century crofting and 20th century wartime. Weather permitting, Jim will also make use of his drone to help improve our understanding of the landscape.

The printed outcome of all our workshops is integral to their success. For this workshop, you will each work on an A5 foldout, concertina notebook, into which you can put prints, handwritten notes and ephemera, to create a personal record of the week. These notebooks are always popular, with some participants opting for an artistic approach, others for something more documentary, or perhaps an interesting mix of the two.