Glen Lyon – An Intimate Portrait of Scotland’s Longest Glen

New winter photo exhibition opens in Pitlochry’s Wild Space.

New winter photo exhibition opens in Pitlochry’s Wild Space

Glen Lyon in Perthshire is Scotland’s longest enclosed glen. It is also, some believe, the most beautiful.

A blaze of colour in spring, summer and autumn, the glen turns into a more stark landscape when the last leaves wither and fall from the trees.

But for photographer Jamie Grant, the still and calm of Glen Lyon during the icy winter months are irresistible. For 12 years, while living in the heart of the glen, he explored almost every square metre of this hidden corner of Scotland.

He captured not just the raw beauty of the landscape, but the lives of the people who live in the isolated settlements strung along the 34-mile length of the glen.

The result was an acclaimed book, shot over ten winters on an old old Leica M6 camera, dedicated to the craft of black and white photography.

This week, an exhibition of some of the most striking hand-printed images from the book, Winter in Glen Lyon – plus some new, unpublished photographs of Schiehallion – opens in Pitlochry’s Wild Space visitor centre.

Glen Lyon – An Intimate Portrait of Scotland’s Longest Glen will run through the festive season until early-January 2015.

Jamie, who now lives in Aberfeldy, said: “Winter for me is when the Highlands come alive. I love the way the trees are stripped back to their slender frames and how the mountain snow reflects light.

“I’m convinced that of all the seasons it is the winters’ ever shifting light and sharp contrasts that best reflect Scotland’s true northern soul.

“As a strong supporter of the John Muir Trust’s work to protect wild places, I’m delighted to be exhibiting these images from some of the most beautiful and remote corners of Highland Perthshire in the Trust’s Wild Space gallery."

Find out more about Jamie Grant.