Slow Light comes to the Trust's Wild Space visitor centre in Pitlochry
Old-school technology has given Michael Prince a new passion for capturing Scotland’s landscape on film
Experienced television producer/director and digital filmmaker Michael Prince has found a new creative direction though vintage technology. The result is a collection of timeless and beautiful images on display at the Trust's Wild Space Visitor Centre in Pitlochry until 30 December 2017.
Originally from Chester in the North West of England, Michael studied photography at art school and then gained a degree as a graphic designer, before moving into TV: “I grew up with film photography and still find the process exciting – from loading the film, to taking the photographs and then developing the film at home.”
He moved to Scotland in 1990, and eventually to Stirlingshire near the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in 2005, to be nearer the upland landscapes he loves – and has recently installed a darkroom at his home so can now print his own work too: “It’s the natural conclusion for me to see the photographic process from start to finish. That’s the excitement for me.”
Michael’s latest photographic exhibition ‘Slow Light’ is the result of a five year project, travelling around Scotland with medium and large format film cameras plus his latest favourite bit of kit – a 4x5 pinhole camera.
“With a pinhole camera there’s no lens. There’s just a box with a hole, a sheet of film and your exposure and that’s it. I’m blown away by the quality that can be achieved, so I’m hooked on using it now.”
The old-school kit has given him a new creative energy: “It’s an exciting process to play with because you are never quite sure what you are going to get. There’s no viewfinder so you are really experimenting with everything – with composition, lighting… It’s great fun.”
Passionate about landscape and being in it - Michael tries to avoid the over-photographed honey spots: “I try and explore as much as I can and get off the beaten track. I like single subject matter – a distant mountain, a stone, a rock, a tree – I do love my trees!"
‘Slow Light’ is at the John Muir Trust’s visitor centre in Pitlochry Wild Space until 30 December 2017. Find out more about Michael Prince including another current exhibition of his behind the scenes photography for BBC drama ‘To Walk Invisible’ at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.