Aspect2i started out by running many of its workshops in the Highlands of Scotland over a decade ago. Our passion for photographing Scotland has never waned and after some thought we decided to design an extensive workshop that visits some of the very best and most remote places that this amazing country has to offer.
We begin our adventure by meeting in the capital of the highlands, Inverness. From here we head as far north as you can towards Cape Wrath and the Kyle of Durness in this globally important Geopark. We will be based this far north for three nights during which time we will visit many of the vast and pristine coastal bays including Ceannabeinne, Balnakeil and the breath taking Oldshormore and Polin Bay with their amazing geology and vast mature dune systems.
On day four we move south to spend two days on one of the most fascinating of Scotland’s remote peninsulas accessed via tiny roads that lead from Kylesku west through huge swathes of stunted and gnarled silver birch woodlands battered by the winds, waterfalls that cascade down blackened rocks into small peat-stained rivers that lead to secluded rocky bays and beaches such as Ned and Clashnessie. No trip here would be complete without the opportunity to explore the huge outcrops of wave beaten rock at Culkein Bay and Clachtoll.
On day six we continue to head south stopping to explore at the side of Loch Lurgainn which stands at the base of the mighty Cul Mor and the inimitable, Stac Polladaidh. We continue onwards though Assynt and Inverpolly past the mighty Ben Mor Coigach and stop for lunch in the little ferry town of Ullapool. Our destination on this day is Gairloch in Wester Ross which is arguably one of the most diverse landscape Scotland has to offer.
We will be based in Gairloch for a further four nights and from here we can venture along the Gruinard River which cascades through ancient trees into Gruinard Bay. We will walk the white sands of Mellon Udrigle Bay and look north across Loch Ewe from the rocks of Rhuba nan Sasan, famous as being a battery in the second wold war. We will visit the quintessentially Scottish fishing harbour of Cove still supporting a small fishing community to this day.
We will spend time inland within the grandeur of Loch Maree with its famous Caledonian Pine forests nestled beneath the mighty Slioch to the north, and Beinn Eighe to the south. The views from various locations of Loch Maree are second to none, and if time allows, we may travel into the Glen Torridon.
We at aspect2i believe that print making is as important as being out with our cameras, so we have dedicated the last two days of our workshop to just that, ensuring you go home with prints from out time together. For this we have teamed up with the Open Studio in Mellon Charles sitting right on the edge, and looking out over Loch Ewe. Here, everybody will have access to iMacs and printers with Paul on hand to offer advice and guide you through the best ways in which to bring your images to life. Lunch and refreshments will be served throughout the day. An integral aspect of this workshop is to seek out your own individuality. It is without doubt very pleasing to visit great locations that you maybe familiar with and shoot images that are rewarding, but the real achievement is to have an image that sums up the essence of the moment you were stood there with you camera, an image that says something about you.
Finally, we return to Inverness where we say out farewells after experiencing some of the finest landscapes in the world with like-minded people.
This workshop is limited to six photographers only so that Paul and Michael can spend as much time with each of you both out in the field and also in the Open Studio.
As with all our workshops, we at aspect2i to not believe in large groups so this workshop is limited to six participants to enable dedicated 1 to 1 tuition time with your leader
Residential 10 day workshop
DateWed 14th - Fri 23rd Sep 2022
and Michael Pilkington
The price includes extensive one to one coaching and tuition, bed and breakfast accommodation in a high quality hotel (no single occupancy supplement) during the workshop. Daily allocated 1 to 1 tuition and guidance in the field and in the Open Studio. At the end of the workshop each photographer will leave with their own exhibition quality print.
Camera and travel insurance as well as travel to and from the venue are also not included. Meals not mentioned. Alcoholic drinks and other personal expenditure is not covered either.