Behind the lens

James Wright – Somewhere in Scotland

How old are you?


Where are you based?

Glasgow, Scotland.

How do you make a living?
Photography. Commissions and print sales mostly. Occasionally I work on film projects in various roles.

What camera do you use?

I shoot with a mixture of film and digital.

Current films cameras are a Bronica GS-1, a Fuji GS645S and a Nikon FE2. I like shooting with Fuji 160NS and 400H colour negative but do experiment with other films.  I have the film developed at a pro lab and I scan the negatives myself on a Hasselblad Flextight X5.

Digital is a Nikon D610 for stills and usually a Red Epic for motion.

I carry an Olympus XZ-10 everywhere. It is an incredibly useful light meter for the film cameras.

How has travel made an impact on your life?

It opened my eyes more than I ever thought possible. I spent years of my childhood pouring over atlases and leafing through National Geographic Magazines which ignited my travel lust. Experiencing different landscape, smells, sounds and cultures first hand makes the world seem both big and small.

What does adventure mean to you?

To me adventure means a journey into the unknown. Usually it involves situations where the outcome is not certain. Adventure is hours of research before a trip. Adventure is building a detailed plan only to discarding most of it when required. Adventure is throwing caution to the wind in the pursuit of new experiences.

Somewhere in the Pass of Glencoe.

Martin is an old friend. He has travelled far and wide. He spends his of time studying ancient people and recreating their tools. We went in search of snow to test his newly finished wooden Nordic-style skis.

Somewhere in Glen Etive.

Some friends prepare to kayak down Allt a’ Chaorainn.

Somewhere on Jura.

Glengarrisdale Bothy on Jura is relatively new. The west coast of the island is wild, rugged and completely off the grid. The west coast is uninhabited by humans however there are hundreds of feral goats and thousands of red deer.

Somewhere on the Isle of Skye.

There is a little bakery in Portree town square that sells cakes at odd prices. They were most welcome after a long day in the mountains. We walked up to the viewpoint to eat our 23p doughnuts and 34p fern cakes.

Somewhere on the Causeway Coast.

The coastline geology of Northern Ireland is incredibly diverse. We spent a week exploring it and barely scratched the surface. This arch can be found at Whiterocks beach.

Somewhere near the Bridge of Orchy.

Rare conditions for Scotland. The snow was fresh and deep. There were occasional muffled thumps in the otherwise silent forest as chunks of snow fell from the trees.

Somewhere near Montana Cardon on Fuerteventura.

I was out here on commission to photograph some hikes and fell in love with the water sculpted and wind blasted terrain.

Somewhere in Argyll.

There is something magical about the light in Scotland. The combination of latitude, clouds and humid atmosphere make no day the same.

Somewhere along the banks of Loch Awe.

The climate on this part of the west coast of Scotland is temperate and humid. There is an incredible diversity of lichens and mosses. Walking in the dark forests is something akin to entering a fairy-tale.

Somewhere in the Quiraing landslip on the Isle of Skye.

This part is called The Prison. It is just one part of a ruggedly dramatic Trotternish Ridge escarpment. You could spend weeks exploring these landforms

Somewhere near Downpatrick Head, Ireland.

Dun Briste means ‘broken fort’. There are the remains of one on top of the stack. It was abandoned in 1393 when the section of rock connecting it to the headland was consumed by the sea.