‘Northwoods’ exhibition opens at Pitlochry’s Wild Space
Acclaimed nature photographer Peter Cairns presents mysterious forest portraits from Scotland’s remaining fragments of ancient woodland
The John Muir Trust Wild Space Gallery in Pitlochry is proud to present Peter Cairns’ latest photographic exhibition. ‘Northwoods’ is a new collection of gently abstract, almost painterly images inspired by his long-held love of Scotland’s precious ancient woodlands.
Peter’s passion for the Great Wood of Caledon, a rich, vibrant forest which once stretched across much of the Scottish Highlands, is all the stronger because it is under threat.
He says: “Today it has reduced to just a fragment of its former range - yet within the wildwood that remains, there is magic.
“This is a place in which red squirrels forage and wildcats hunt, a forest over which eagles and ospreys soar.
“These images depict how the remnants of The Great Wood make me feel, not only as a photographer but as a lover of wild places.
“Rather than focus on the wider view, I set out to capture the seasonal elemental mood of the forest through light, colour and texture. The vein-like patterns of a silver birch encrusted in hoar frost or a lone Scots pine silhouetted against a fiery sunrise – these are all elements within the forest, but it is their interconnectedness and that of all living organisms, which makes the forest complete.”
- The Northwoods collection can be seen at the John Muir Trust Wild Space Gallery in Pitlochry until mid April 2018.
- The Northwoods collection comes from Scotland: The Big Picture - a wider multimedia library created by a team of Scotland’s foremost nature photographers, all motivated by the need to rebuild healthy ecosystems across Scotland.