Colin - is a creative mastermind and a maker – he doesn't think and talk things over and over, but instead grabs his camera and shoots the hell out of it. Constantly throwing out mind blowing content, he is pushing creative energy to the next level. His work gravitates towards outdoor and natural settings, yet his versatility is endless. From studio and urban shoots to events, filming and drone operating – Colin can do it. With his easygoing nature and very Scottish humour this guy is a true pleasure to work with. Since 13 years Colin has lived and working in Munich.
I first started serious night time photography in 2009. After getting benighted on top of so many mountains because the sunset light was so great for shooting - those last five minutes of light are really the best and most addictive - I was always caught out with no lights to get down the mountain again. One of my mountain bike friends at the time worked for Lupine Lighting Systems and the deal was truck where if I took some night time pictures they would give me some lights - thus enabling me to shoot and ride back down from the mountain tops safely. In this period, many of the night time mountain action pictures were boring because there was never really any sense of location; the subject was flashed and the backgrounds were all black. The request was to change that and deliver night time action pictures with a blend of mountain scenery.
One of the first pictures I took was of Harald Philipp riding down from the Brévent above Chamonix. It's a single long exposure shot with the flash on the rear curtain and by carefully composing Harald against a dark part of the background we were able to prevent ghosting. The valley lights and Aiguille du Midi skyline add perfectly to the sense of location.
At around the same time, the German FREERIDE magazine heard I was getting into night photography and requested a night time article to be done for the magazine. The location was a dark forest with no other light sources other than flashes and the headlamps.
Since these initial shots I have been night shooting every year and have steadily been gaining experience and a small library of amazing images.
Shooting and creativity has also extended into other sports, such as, skiing, running, surfing and stand-up-paddling.