St Magnus Cathedral is one of the Highlands and Islands more pleasing ecclesiastical buildings, perfect in scale and size for the town of Kirkwall – a pocket cathedral indeed. A Church of Scotland “High Kirk”, its actually owned by the Orkney Islands Council, as successor to Kirkwall Burgh. Orkney is hosting the commemoration of the […]
Calum Davidson was a a well-known regional planner and photographer. He described himself as a photographer with a day job, living in a very photogenic part of the globe, and who got to travel a bit to other almost as photogenic bits of the planet.
A native to Caithness, he was brought up in Thurso, Shetland and Inverness, and had family ties to North Sutherland. He was a Graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, lived in Cromarty from 1985 until his death, and used Olympus E System cameras.
A lot of his photography is from the Scottish town of Cromarty. On a day to day basis he enjoyed visually recording the every day life of this small Highland town, but also capturing the more unusual and quirky objects that can be seen on a walk looking out to sea, at the harbour, along the beach, or through the streets and vennels of one of Scotland’s more historic little burghs.
Calum died of a brain tumour in 2017 but his website is maintained by his family and showcases, in his words, “my better work”.
His Flickr Photostream is also worth viewing and chronicles what he observed and snapped from his life in Cromarty, and travels from his day job, which took him around the Highlands and Islands, as well as to the rest of Scotland, the UK, Europe and the USA. He wrote a regular column in the Energy North Supplement of the North of Scotland Newspaper group, illustrated often by his own snaps.
Calum’s photos are regularly featured in a variety of books, magazines and newspapers, and an eclectic selection by be licensed through Getty Images.
The wind and rain – oh the rain – are battering the windows outside, but at least the fires are on, and the faint smell of peat permeates the house. It seems a long time away from our trip to Athens at the tail end of the Autumn, but its only six weeks. The […]
A winter visitor to Cromarty, the 6th Generation drilling rig West Phoenix, currently moored just off the town. I’m told she is the biggest rig – at a gross tonnage of 36,000 – ever to visit the Firth. Take it from me she is enormous, two and half times the size of the Sedco 700 series […]
The 30 years I’ve lived in Cromarty, I guess I’ve seen three main “swings” in the oil price, and watched the ebb and flow of rigs filling and emptying the Firth. Somewhere on the hard drive I’ve a series of shots from February in 2003 or 2004, taken from Balbair point with seventeen rigs crammed […]
These have to be the most photogenic trees in the Black Isle. I’ve snapped them in winter, spring, and the height of summer. But sometimes with the background of a May yellow from oil seed rape, and the green of a spring leave, they just stand out from the forest.
Two anchor handlers haul the Ocean Valiant up the Firth, the start of a journey from Invergordon to the Northern North Sea. Lots of smoke as they struggle to both get her up to four or five knots, and keep her straight as she is towed up the Cromarty Firth. In photography terms a summer […]
A photographers guide to Cromarty
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