It’s now 2020, can you believe that?
It has some sort of futuristic ring to it, but it’s here none the less.
As I write this, 2020 looks cold, dark, wet and windy. No change there then.
But it is just a number (in my opinion!), so maybe I shouldn’t have any expectations.
What I do know is that I need to select a few new photographs to get printed for the forthcoming season at Kylesku Hotel, and then practice crossing my fingers that I’ve picked the right ones that someone might like to buy!
Shortlisting them isn’t actually that easy; although I might be pleased with what I did in 2019 myself, I’ve got to imagine why someone else might want to have it on their wall. And I get it wrong sometimes.
Bearing in mind that a lot of visitors to the Hotel are tourists from elsewhere, I try to find some relevance. Landmarks or views that they might have seen themselves.
So this time, I set out to put a little collection together of photos taken within a couple of miles. Well, that’s what I started with anyway.
I don’t need a completely new collection, as I’ve still got some very worthy prints from last year, but I’m sitting here looking at 8 ideas, not willing to chop any of them at the moment.
And I thought I’d share my thoughts on a blog.
I’ve got four Quinag shots here. The first two are quite similar to previous prints. Similar views, but totally different weather and conditions.
I haven’t offered one from this angle before; it was taken a fair way up the Glenleraig path to the west of Sail Ghorm, and also features a rowan tree and an elusive thing called “the sun”, if I remember rightly.
And the Milky Way was “experimental”, but I like it. I shot it standing on Kylesku bridge, so the bottom of the frame is the reflection of stars in the sea. Sail Gharbh is the left peak; Sail Ghorm the right.
The Wailing Widow waterfall is an intentionally identical composition to one that’s already in print. Except its got snow on it! It’s just up the road from the Hotel. The path to the bottom is only short, but quite rough and rocky. This view, however, is quite close to the edge of a precipitous drop. If you go up there, for goodness sake take care!
Hard not to include a Suilven shot.
Tropical water is at Achmelvich; I was walking along there, and this fella dives in with his three black labradors, and he is totally living the dream! No idea who he was, or the dogs.
And finally, a wild card. A panel of shots, all from Assynt, a nice splash of colour!
And whatever I decide, it’ll probably be the last week in November before I really find out if I’ve chosen wisely!
There’s already a spanner in the works. I took this on top of Quinag yesterday:
Shortlist getting longer. Oh blimey.