Traveling is a lot of fun, as it allows for exploration and meeting people with unique stories and backgrounds. When visiting Scotland in 2013, one of my favorite places was the Isle of Skye, which is drop-gorgeous and truly photogenic. On Skye, we stayed at a great Bed and Breakfast, where we felt truly welcome.
Upon departure from Skye toward Inverness, one of the recommendations was to take a slight detour just over the bridge. This detour led us here…
Plockton is situated in such a way that it’s protected from most of the effects of the climate that gives the Highlands its rugged look. The town gives one the feeling of being transported to a Mediterranean village!
The harbor is wonderful to see…
The houses along the harbor are lovely to behold and make for some great lines…
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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21 thoughts on “Finding Plockton”
I have fond memories of Scotland, from camping holidays and inquisitive cows to keys locked in cars and houses ‘in need of modernisation’ ie. complete rebuilds.
The scenery is breathtaking in places, and little villages like this such a pleasure to come across when you least expect to.
Ash, the indomitable Heilan Coos! They are special indeed. And sheep that don’t get out of the way on the islands!
These recognised the range rover as it was the same model as the food delivery. Luckily they were in a field and not on the road, otherwise we would have been mugged! the ‘chips’ we had on board were of the computer variety,
Beautiful images Frank, Plockton is a lovely place to visit and the freshly caught fish on the menu is delicious!🙂
We were only there for a brief visit and we’re amazed by its beauty.
such beautiful views!
I’ve not been, but it looks lovely.
Lovely! I was recommended Plockton by a Scottish blogger – went there after Skye. I had only one day – but Rainy! Wonderful to see it in its full glory!
Thank you! We were very lucky with the weather during our trip to Scotland, as during 12 days we had no more that a single hour of rain.
That must be quite unusual!
Yes, the locals asked us to stay longer, as we were a good weather charm 🙂