"I took a photo while out on a walk and it just sparked something in me that inspired the love for it", says Skye resident Alex Macaskill, who became interested in photography only 18 months ago. These dramatic images of the brooding landscape of his home island mark the first publication of his work.
Here, Alex reflects on Skye as a subject and a home.
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I don't really have a photo in mind when I leave the house. I tend to arrive at a location and walk around, exploring for a while. Then I set my mind on a particular shot or two, working on them with different settings and compositions so that I have a good choice of shots to use when I get home.
Having lived here for all 20 years of my life, I've had plenty of time to explore the beauty of the island; yet it's only in the past year or two that I've really begun to appreciate the dynamics of the ever-changing landscape. No matter where I go, there's always a new angle to capture or change in weather to contend with. You are never bored with a single place on Skye if you give up your time to explore it properly.
Life here is much like anyone else's my age really. I have a part-time job which keeps me busy during the week. At weekends or days off I go walking in the Cuillins and at the Old Man of Storr, providing the weather permits.
It can be difficult to keep going on Skye when full-time jobs are few and far between, and things are much more expensive. But getting out for a good walk with the dog and the camera helps make the worries go away for a wee while, which is a feeling you just can't beat.