I spent a number of days last summer hanging out on the side of sea cliffs, capturing images for a friends book on Scottish sea cliff climbing, ’The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland’. Some of the most memorable of those days were spent in this place, the cliffs of Clò Mòr on the Cape Wrath coastline. These cliffs, rising up 280 m above sea level in places, are the highest on the mainland in the UK. It's probably the most ambitious location I’ve photographed in terms of access and rigging, with plenty of loose rock, abrasive edges and not to mention wild exposure to contend with. The route itself, ‘Clò Mòr Crack’ E3 5c, was first climbed by Mick Fowler and Chris Watts in 1989. Its remote location and challenging access meant it had likely seen few (if any) repeat ascents. Taking a soaring crack line that cuts straight through the heart of these cliffs, the route features superb Torridonian sandstone crack climbing in amazing positions. Well worth seeking out for any connoisseurs of adventurous climbing!
About the shot
I’m an adventure and mountain sports photographer based in Scotland. My journey into photography began capturing images of the Scottish backcountry skiing scene, however since turning professional three years ago, I’ve expanded into shooting climbing, fell running and basically any sports which allow me to spend as much time out in the mountains as possible.
I find the creative process of trying to produce exciting images in tough and inhospitable environments really appealing. If it’s a particularly cold or wet day, then you’re fighting the conditions trying to look after yourself and keep your camera kit working; if the best position for a shot is half way up a cliff face, then you‘ve got to work through the logistics of getting to that position. I also love the‚ physical challenge – being fit enough to lug lots of camera gear around and stay motivated to keep pushing the shutter button even when you’re exhausted, maybe also a little scared, and overall would probably rather be any where but there. I think the combination of all these aspects is what draws me to this genre of photography over anything else.