Interview: Hamish Morrison
Scotland based photographer Hamish Morrison shares his story and how he fell into landscape photography.
Photography: Hamish Morrison
Has photography always been a career you were intent on pursuing? How did you begin, then develop your skills as your career progressed?
The short answer is no. It was only around a year ago I decided I wanted to do some astrophotography of all things (bit of a jump into the deep end), and with there already being a camera in the house I figured I’d give it a shot and it quickly spiralled into what I’m doing today. Over time I learnt the more technical aspects to photography and developed the way I took photos and edited them, and to be honest I’m still changing how I do things very often.
What is it you are aiming to capture in each of your photographs?
I’m aiming to capture the feel of the environment, whether that be the temperature of the landscape or the weather at the time, as well as allowing the person viewing the image to get some sense of what it felt like to be there.
What kind of feeling or reaction do you aim to inspire in people when they view your photography?
It’d be nice if one of my images helped someone take up photography or visit some of the places I visit and enjoy being outside. I feel this is the motive of most photographers; inspiring people is the name of the game, after all.
What would you say has had the greatest impact on your work?
Really, it’s the landscape at the time, so either the weather or the time of year. Scotland has such diverse and changeable scenery that I’m constantly adapting how I take pictures and how I edit them depending on the circumstances. I get the opportunity to visit some of the most incredible landscapes in the world which are on my doorstep, and every time these places look different. This gives me the opportunity creatively to develop new and interesting images, and to continue progressing as a photographer.
Where has been your most exciting shoot to date?
My favourite shoot to date has to be one from almost a year ago at the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye. It was a sunrise outing mid-winter, so nobody else was out and I was sat in the snow waiting for the sun to peak over the horizon. There is something quite incredible about being sat alone and enveloped in such a vast landscape before the day has even started.
Where do you dream of travelling to next?
Ask a photographer where they want to go to next?! I would be surprised if you got one that didn’t reply with Iceland; that place doesn't even need an explanation as to why! Norway is also high up on the list.
Do you aim to constantly evolve and develop your images, or is there one style of photography you prefer to work with?
I feel as though I will stick to landscapes primarily, however the way I edit and create the images I’m sure will not stay the same. I’m not a fan of the idea of becoming stagnant so I will definitely be trying to adapt and perfect how I take my images.