On an early spring day, blue skies sit over the rolling Fife hills. As I walk, I consider how good weather can be a balm after the worst of winters.
Before, repeating the same walk every weekend might have been many people’s definition of boredom. Now, the small green spaces on our doorstep provide calm in the chaos.
I was asked at the start of the year to give a definition of slow travel to accompany an article. My definition is for a world where our phones are forever in our pockets.
When I was commuting into Edinburgh each weekday — how strange it feels saying that in past tense — I kept a small notebook in which I’d scribble ideas as the train rattled towards the city. It feels like a lifetime ago when I wrote the words, Where does Hashtag Scotland go next? You mayContinue reading “What’s next for our slow travel project”
As I noticed the flowers, I had to stop myself from taking my phone out of my pocket. Why that anxiety, that desperation, to document this moment? This essay explores that feeling and trying to fight it.
This Hashtag Scotland project has grown proverbial arms and legs! Initially, when tour guide Nicolas and I started talking, we saw it as a blogging project. Perhaps we’d publish a few posts on our websites, or take a few photos. Instead, we took a road trip over a long weekend in May to document what’sContinue reading “Hashtag Scotland: Our road trip on film”
The next blog in this series is finally here! Apologies for the delay — I got a bit distracted by summer weather and cycling the Fife Coastal Path. Anyway… In the introductory blog to the #HashtagScotland project, I mentioned that the writing I’d shared around social media and travel back in 2018 had led me toContinue reading “Behind the lens at two of Scotland’s most popular places”
The first few days it rained almost solidly. Between cups of tea and chocolate-sunk biscuits, we turned pages of books as the raindrops tapped the caravan windows. Reading Kathleen Jamie’s Findings, I imagined myself in an alternative weather reality hoping that, in a few days, I’d be able to get outside and note all the intricacies ofContinue reading “A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel”
‘It’s remarkable how, in just a few hundred years, the way we see the Highlands can change entirely…’ ‘Today we walk through them, cycle over them, climb them, explore them — and photograph them, over and over again. This landscape no longer repels people with its harsh, unknowable obscurity. Instead it attracts them in theirContinue reading “A new project: Exploring the relationship between Scotland and social media”
One bright weekend this October, we spent the day in Perthshire. This is somewhat of an autumnal rite-of-passage for white-collared Scots, eager to forget their commute and embrace nature as the nights darken. A wild, well-off region of ancient trees, hills and back-in-time villages, Perthshire is a photographer’s paradise at this time of year — asContinue reading “Autumn in Dunkeld: Is this the Instagram effect?”