Winter in the flathead valley is dark, and in our little house at times it can feel like it was never actually daytime. This past weekend was a welcome respite from the melancholy, with small and beautiful moments of sunlight warming the ice and snow, making the world feel a little more alive.
Skye and Glencoe felt like walking onto the set of movie, or a book you read as a kid. After an amazing drive, we arrived at the Clachaig Inn, then we walked up to the Queens Cairn, the place where Queen Victoria used to sit and paint “the three sisters”. Later, sitting in the pub, listening to the accents, and drinking ale and scotch, I couldn’t believe this place could be any more storybook. The next day I was proven wrong, as we boarded the Jacobite Express, a steam train that travels the route used in the Harry Potter movies. We all took turns as the train crossed the viaduct leaning out the window and grabbing images, soot landing in our hair and eyes. We sat in our train car, listening to a little girl across from us practice spells. “Wingardium Leviosa!” she yelled! twirling her wand, as her older sister chided her, correcting the pronunciation. The next few days, we traveled across the Isle, visiting castles, and hiking the Stoor, one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. We only shot film on this trip, usually with my Leica M2, on Kodak Portra film.
We were so lucky to tag along on this shoot with Orange Photographie, shooting for Stewart & Christie. They make the most beautiful Bespoke Tweed. Had so much fun working with Vixie, and loved the looks and feel she put together. Our models, Fred the worlds best looking geologist, and Olivia and Issac (who coincidentally are the possible names of my future children) were amazing, and even though it was raining and cold, made our job as photographers easy. We shot both in, and outside of Borthwick castle, which was basically fulfilling bucket list items I didn’t even know I had.
If you are ever in Edinburgh, visit their shop, its wonderful, and check them out online here: http://www.stewartchristie.com
Part one of a who knows how many Scotland images. We flew into London, hopped on a couple trains to get across town, then took a quick cheap flight to Edinburgh (yay Ryanair!). From there we got picked up with our friends Sam and Reid of Orange Photographie. They had been in Scotland and England for several weeks, and Sam was already driving the wrong way like a pro. Our first few days in Scotland we stayed in Kilmarnock, a beautiful town about an hour from Edinburgh. From there we set out each day to check out Castles, the Royal mile, and the Wallace Monument. One of the best nights was spent at an Irish Pub in Glasgow, which unfortunately (or fortunately?) I have no images from. Honestly the one thing I continue to miss now that we are back is pub food, so amazingly good and comforting.
Woke up early one morning in Portland, with coffee on the mind, so Kevin and I took a stroll around the downtown. It was his first time in the city, and I fall more in love each time I visit. Must have had about five latte's by the time we left.
All images captured on Kodak film with a Contax G1