An interview with Colin Prior
Born near Glasgow, Scotland, Colin Prior rose quickly to become one of the UK's most highly regarded landscape and culture photographers. Much of his early life was spent exploring the woods and fields near his home where he took an early interest in the wildlife. The proximity of the Scottish Highlands also played an important role in shaping his appreciation of the natural world and by the age of ten, he had started to explore the mountains with his father. He specialises in catching those rare moments when composition, fine light and colour combine to create a remarkable image. Colin has travelled with KE to Pakistan and Bhutan and has published several books including 'Scotland: The Wild Places' and 'The World's Wild Places'. Colin currently lives in Glasgow with his wife Geraldine and their two children, Alexandra and Laurence. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Q. What is your favourite destination?
A. Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan
Q. What makes it your favourite?
A. The shape, form and sheer wildness of the region - it's a vertical gallery
Q. What camera do you use / do you have a favourite?
A. I use a variety of cameras, my favourite is the Fuji GX617, which shoots roll film and gives a unique image 3x1 in proportion. I also use a digital camera and I am waiting for the medium to evolve before embracing it exclusively.
Q. How many photographs do you usually take on a trip (or per day)?
A. Surprisingly few - most of my images are planned and I will shoot at specific times. Some days I won't shoot any images other days two or three.
Q. What secret luxury do you take with you?
A. A bottle of Bowmore 18-year-old
Q. Have you had any scary experiences whilst travelling?
A. Apart from having 56 bits of titanium inserted in my head, the result of a taxi driver in China who fell asleep at the wheel whilst driving, not really. On Kodiak Island where we camped on a river estuary there were 18 bears feeding on salmon, but you're not on the menu - there's too many fish!
Q. Where are you going next?
A. Bowmore Whisky is sponsoring a trip to Spitzbergen and Greenland in August, which I am looking forward to immensely.
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