Stuart Low, is a landscape photographer, instructor and darkroom printer living and working in rural Perthshire, Scotland. Stuart’s photography is heavily concerned with the study of number ratios occuring in nature and applying these to his compositions. His work has been widely published and his limited-edition traditional prints have been collected and exhibited in national galleries.
Heavily involved in conservation and promoting up & coming photographers, Stuart is the founder and head judge of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition which is a not for profit competition focussed on promoting Scotland, tourism and conservation photography.
A completely self taught photographer, his expertise includes the following:
35 years darkroom printing, including colour, monochrome, lith and toning
20 years “alternative” processes including cyanotype, salt and platinum printing.
20 years as a photography lecturer (digital, film, large & medium format)
20 years as a photoshop instructor
30 years in large & medium format photography
Expertise in semiconductor photo-lithography, scientific photography
Experienced off road driver with access to off road tracks and wild places on several Scottish estates.
Large format cameras;
Linhof Master Technika
Canham DLC 4×5
Medium Format cameras;
Hasselblad 501cm’s & various lenses
Rolleiflex automats & 3.5Fs
Bronica ETRSis and various lenses
Canon, Leica & Olympus with various lenses
Exclusively using Formatt Hitech Firecrest & Ultra Firecrest filters.
Author of six photographic books including; Scottish landscape photographer of the year, collections 1,2,3 & 4. Monoscapes volume 1 & Treescapes.
Widely published in magazines, newspapers and online.
My love of photography was the result of the path I followed during my early years. I was brought up in a small village where my father was a coal merchant and my mother was the daughter of a tomato farmer, so I’ve always had an affinity with the land. Music was my first love and being fiercely proud of my Scottish heritage, I became a world champion bagpiper with Boghall & Bathgate Pipe Band and this took me to many countries across the world – which I documented with an instamatic camera. But it was when I had to make the choice between studying art or science at university that my interest in photography took off in a serious way. Inspired by the land around me, I was more eager to learn why things were rather than to paint pretty pictures, so I chose to study physics & mathematics instead. The sciences taught me that beauty occurs throughout nature in the form of numbers and this became my obsession, to study those numbers in nature and record them as meanigfully as I can with my camera.
It is often said (by photographers) that there is no such thing as originality in photography and all photographers are inspired or influenced by other photographers or artists. This is simply not true because there are countless photographers that have little to no influences at all and I consider myself to be in this category. Whilst I have recently come to admire the work of certain photographers such as Michael Kenna and Josef Hoflehner, for the most part I have genuinely never been influenced by or familiar with any particular photographer. Up until 2014 I only ever owed one photography book by Lisl Dennis and I bought my first Ansel Adams book in 2015. I was only vaguely familiar with the work of the greats such as Adams, Cartier-Bresson and Salgado, and this was through browsing posters in Athena shops. I realised many years ago that I could never see the world through the lenses of others, so I decided there was little point in trying. I take my influence by what I see and feel and that’s original enough for me. If you like what you see in my photographs then I’m happy too.