About The Photographer
Hi, I'm Graham Smith, the photographer of all images contained on ScotlandScenery.com. I'd like to thank you for coming to my site and I hope you find enjoyment in the many photographs I've taken of Scotland since my wife and I moved here from Australia, in 2004.
I've always had a strong connection with Scotland and despite my Australian upbringing, I am in fact Scottish by birth. My family moved to Australia when I was still an infant and so I was left without any direct memories of this country. However I've no doubt Scotland was "in my blood", as I was constantly fascinated with my Scottish heritage and the amazing scenery which has always stirred my soul, for as long as I can remember!
My passion for photography started in earnest, at the age of 8, when my parents bought me my first compact 35mm camera (in response to much pestering on my behalf). About four years later, I got my first 35mm SLR camera (a Praktica MTL-5B), a very basic and completely manual unit which gave me a great foundation in the fundamental sciences of Photography.
A few years on again, I had managed to persuade my parents to allow me to convert the laundry/utility room into a part-time darkroom. Here I was able to experiment with black and white processing, complete from film to print. However photography was still an expensive affair, with chemicals and supplies being a major financial drain for a young student.
When I started what was to become a career in I.T., my photography was sidelined to a part-time hobby (and the B&W darkroom subsequently dismantled) but it continued to be a source of enjoyment for me, whenever I got the opportunity. I had also upgraded my SLR to a newer Minolta model, boasting aperture priority auto exposure (which was exciting at the time, having come from the tedious metering setup on the Praktica), whilst the remainder of the controls remained totally manual.
Moving forward to 2004, two changes took place that were to re-ignite my passion for photography like never before. The first being the purchase of my first digital camera, and the second being our relocation to this amazing and splendid country! These two elements came together and I found myself in a scenic rich environment with affordable and quality photographic equipment. The dawn of digital photography has allowed me to experiment and develop at a rate I could not have financially sustained in the film days.
I must also recognise a number of fellow photographers in Scotland, who have helped and continue to help me develop as a landscape photographer. I'm particularly indebted to the fantastic community of photographers at the Inspiring Photography forums, and in particular, Dimitri Vasiliou, who is arguably one of Scotland's best amateur landscape photographers.
I am also immeasurably indebted to my wife, Judith, my son, Callum and my daughter Neve. They often have to contend with me disappearing before sunrise, or heading out late in the evening, in search of the next landscape photograph! Without their loving support, this website and all the images it contains, would not be possible.
I hope you get as much enjoyment out of viewing my photographs, as I do from capturing them, and I hope you will return to my site again in the future to explore the new images being added each month.
PS: If you would like to get in touch with me, you can do so via the Contact Us page.