In the series of posts about great Scottish photographers I have to feature the Flying Monk. You have to check out his low light or night photography, especially of the Isle of Harris.
As he says himself on his website he got into night photography after seeing US photographer Troy Paiva featured on Sky Arts TV show ‘Artland USA‘ I was sufficiently inspired to give it a try. Although photography has been an intermittent hobby of mine for many years, it wasn’t until I saw Troy’s work I decided to take things more seriously. There are no shortage of photo opportunities in the Outer Hebrides and with almost zero light pollution, the mix of derelict buildings, abandoned crofts and amazing scenery it makes a great environment for the kind of photographs I enjoy taking.
Initially the only outlet for my pictures was via the online photo gallery website Flickr, which I still update regularly. It was suggested I print a batch of photos and enter them into the annual Grinneas exhibition, held in the An Lanntair art gallery, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. The response was excellent and has led to healthy sales of framed prints and ultimately the creation of his website to make prints available online.
For music fans the Flying Monk is actually John Maher the drummer in the Buzzcocks who relocated to the Isle of Harris from Manchester. We met him on our last visit to Harris and for a further surprise discovered that his wife is the registrar on the island and conducted out wedding ceremony. Hopefully we will catch up with him on our next trip.
John has a great way of capturing the derelict buildings around the Outer Hebrides and so here is one of our favourites.