Damian Shields 1


When I was younger I loved to explore, on foot or by bike, the many country back roads that surrounded the town in central Scotland where I grew up, with each wander I explored a little bit more of my boundaries. The views north from my urban hometown of the distant hills always intrigued me. I used to spend a lot of time imagining what vista and adventure lay waiting beyond. There was something in these early travels that opened up a deep love for the landscape and instilled a sense of adventure and wonder at the natural world. The need to remove myself from familiar environments, escape from the gritty streets and dour townscapes of my youth would be fodder for my Imagination.
Today my need to engage with this visual language has become like a hunger to me. Landscape photography is my nourishment. I love big weather, ever in abundance the further north of Scotland you travel. Standing in fast changing conditions witnessing the drama of nature’s theater fills me to the brim. Anticipation and excitement accompanies forays into the wild, the majesty of venerable mountains looming large over ancient moors, the clamour and rush of a river in spate rampaging its way through moist glens, the sun dappling the scene with shafts of silver light through the breaks in an ever-changing sea of cloud. This is where I am happiest.


The blasted tree, Rannoch moor

This is my church, Glen Etive

The Devil rides out, Glen Coe

Tarbet isle, Loch lomond

Still Ness

Castle Stalker, Appin

Stac Pollaidh

Rannoch moor study

Ossian's cradle, Glen Coe

Loch Tulla

Loch Tarff

Glen Coe from Meall Mor

Cul Mor and Cul Beag from Loch Buine Moire

Autums palette, Assynt

Abandoned sheep fank, Glen Coe

Winter sun over Glen Etive

Laig tide, Isle of Eigg

Closing in, Glen Strae

Sailing boats, Marazion

Hailstorm moving across Staffin, Isle of Skye

Bike, Glen Etive

Wreck of the 'co-worker', Isle of Bute

Hailstorm over the Trotternish ridge, Isle of Skye


Bridge over the Braan, Dunkeld

Moonrise over Cul Beag and Cul Mor, Assynt

Blea Tarn, Cumbria

Sgùrr nan Gillean and Loch na Creitheach from Camasunary, Isle of Skye

Elgol to the Cuillin, Isle of Skye

'The Blue nile' Renfield St, Glasgow

'A Gathering' Loch Laidon

'Follow the river', Glen Coe

Millarochy, Loch lomond

Raven on the summit of Stob Dearg

'The Annunciation' Glen Coe

Autumn Birches, Glen Etive