Colin Prior’s Karakoram project

Hopefully you got to see the fantastic one hour Adventure Show special on Colin Prior’s photographic trip to the Karakoram mountain range. Perhaps it was only available in Scotland – BBC 2.  Follow the link above to the adventure show website where there are more clips and images or watch the embedded Vimeo clip below.

Colin is Scotland’s best known and top landscape photographer. He describes this project as his Magnus Opus. It required a six-week trek to the heart of the Karakoram range and he was accompanied by a three-man TV crew. Here is a video summary on Vimeo by the production company – triple echo productions.

<p><a href=”″>Colin Prior Karakoram</a> from <a href=”″>Triple Echo Productions</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

The documentary features some of the incredible scenery of this range which boast K2, the world’s second highest mountain, plus three other mountains over 8,000m and 30 over 7,500 all around Baltoro glacier. It also includes Colin discussing how he approached the photographic challenges. The programme shows great examples of a photographer getting set up then waiting for nature to provide the right light. He describes what the right light is for the image he wants. This is nail-biting stuff if you have trekked six weeks to get there.

This has been a dream of Colin’s and he is supremely qualified to achieve it. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to such an inhospitable place. However, he mentions the Scottish mountains and the Skye Cuillin in the same breath as Karakoram. These are at least more accessible to you and I.

This is the first product I have seen from this project and I can’t wait for more.

About photographicviewscotland

Photographers of Scotland's landscape and remote places and arts and craft makers. Mhairi is also making needle felted animals under the name of the Woof in the Wool. We live in Abernethy in Perthshire, Scotland.
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