It might come as no surprise given the topic of my travel blog that I am a big fan of Scotland and photos from my home country. What might surprise you is that I'm not actually a big fan of spending too much time online and I would rather relax with a cup of coffee on the sofa and flick through a book of photographs of Scotland than flick through my Instagram feed.
So when I got the chance to check out three new photography books by Scottish landscape photographer, Allan Wright, I couldn't wait to fire up the coffee machine, wrap myself in a cosy blanket on the sofa and indulge in one of my favourite past-times.
I'm always in awe of super talented photographers with a portfolio of stunning shots, although I'm fully aware how much time, practice and patience goes into producing the perfect image.
Allan has been taking travel photographs for a long time and this shows in his work. If you want to be inspired by beautiful shots of Scotland then his set of books should be gracing your coffee table in 2018.
This year he has published three books which can be purchased through The Scottish Bookstore and thanks to Allan, two of my lucky readers will also have the chance to WIN a set each (see below).
This is bound to be a popular choice given the sheer love of the Isle of Skye. A mixture of iconic locations and rugged landscapes, fans of Skye and Scotland are sure to fall in love with this book. Although primarily full of images, there are also some personal anecdotes interspersed throughout. There is also a handy map of Skye at the beginning with the locations of each image marked on it which makes it great for some Skye travel inspiration too.
With approximately 100 images printed on high quality glossy paper, I personally think this is a real bargain at £18.00. I've certainly seen similar quality books retail at a much higher price.
Regular readers of my blog will know I'm a huge fan of Galloway which is a really underrated part of Scotland. By coincidence I'm actually off on another trip there tomorrow although I could only dream of capturing images anywhere in the same stratosphere as Allan!
Allan is based in Galloway so it is no surprise that he has dedicated a book to the area. It is printed in the same style as the Skye book and although there are no anecdotes, there are more images (approx 135). Being a local, he is obviously an expert on where to go for the best shots and I will certainly be using this book and the handy location map for some inspiration on my upcoming visit.
Again this is for sale at £18.00 and provides a great snapshot of the diversity of Galloway which is bound to leave you planning your own visit to the region.
The Now Glasgow book is published in a different style to the Skye and Galloway books, with bright and bold images. The photographs are not so much cityscape, but rather a story of the city told through the architecture, recognisable landmarks and the personalities that make Glasgow such a friendly and diverse place. It also features lots of the amazing street art that decorates many of the buildings and walls.
They say 'People make Glasgow' and the images in this book reflect the different backgrounds and characters that make up the population. It also captures the humour, warmth and creativity that makes it such a welcoming city to visit.
Again the book can be purchased for £18 and contains approx 230 images!
I may only just have discovered Allan's work thanks to these books, but I can firmly say I'm now a fan and will no doubt be enjoying his images for many years to come. These are an excellent addition to my growing Scottish travel book library and although I was provided these books for the purposes of a review, I can honestly say I love them and I think you will too.
If like me, you aspire to improving your photographic skills then you might be interested to know that Allan also runs photographic workshops, you can find more details on his website.
WIN A SET OF ALLAN'S BOOKS
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED - WELL DONE TO THE WINNERS
JULIE CAMM & DAVE
To celebrate the launch of his books and since it's almost Christmas - Allan has kindly provided 2 sets of his book for a little competition. Yes, that's right 2 lucky readers will each win a set containing the Skye, Galloway and Now Glasgow books worth £54!
Please note that the competition is open to UK entries only.
Entering is super easy all you have to do is -
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