"A master printer and one of the key driving forces in Scottish Landscape photography"
Stuart Low, is a landscape photographer, instructor and master darkroom printer living and working in Scotland's rural Perthshire. Stuart's photography is concerned with conservation and combining ancient techniques to produce modern compositions drawn from the work of historical scientists, D'Arcy Thomson and Benoit Mandelbrot. His body of work spans over 30 years, most notably for his critically acclaimed work on Scotland's Treescapes culiminating in a book series of the same name. His work has been widely published across the globe and and his limited-edition traditional prints are held in private collections as well as being exhibited in national galleries across Scotland.
The founder and head judge of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year awards, Stuart is an ambassador for promoting conservation photography and raising the profiles of up & coming photographers. Working closely with national conservation trusts, his work inspires and promotes Scotland's landscapes aand encouraging photo-tourism.
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 4x5
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 and designer of:
The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year;
Collection 1 (Best Seller 2015)
Collection 2 (Best Seller 2016)
Collection 3 (Best Seller 2017)
Collection 4 (Published March 2018)
Author and writer of:
Monoscapes - Scotland's landscape in monochrome 2012 (Sold out)
Scotland's Treescapes Collection 1 - limited signed edition of 500 (Published April 2018)
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.
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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart.
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