Photo Essay: Glasgow to Skye with Alexander Kilian
From the backstreets of Glasgow to Skye’s misty peaks, Berlin-based photographer Alexander Kilian captures his journey through Scotland’s ever-changing landscape.
Taking to the road, camera in hand, Alexander Killian’s portrait of Scotland follows his journey from the suburbs of Glasgow to the Isle of Skye via the Cairngorms – Britain’s biggest national park. Picturing lofty mountains and thundering waterfalls beside industrial city corners and poetic snapshots of his travels, colour and form take centre-stage as Kilian turns his eye for still-life photography to Scotland’s endlessly varied landscapes.
“It was truly beautiful to see the landscape changing its mood within minutes – revealing only parts while others are still covered in clouds, showing its complete charm with a blue sky just to disappear completely in fog right after” – Alexander Kilian
Five Questions with Alexander Kilian
Where did your Scottish journey take you?
I travelled with my girlfriend and we landed in Glasgow, where we spent our first day getting a feel for the city and its suburbs. After a night we drove up to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, staying a couple of days to explore the lochs and countryside. Our next stop was the Cairngorms National Park which then lead us to Loch Ness and afterwards the Isle of Skye.
Favourite part of the trip?
I think the Isle of Skye impressed me the most. I felt like the island could give you the most compressed experience of Scotland in terms of its landscape. You can drive along and see the landscape change from black mountains to brown busky valleys and then to green coast within an hour.
What did you enjoy most about shooting in Scotland?
I was amazed by the weather changes. The day can start with a grey sky and a haze that won’t let you see further than 15 meters, then five minutes later it’s sunny again with a clear blue sky. It was truly beautiful to see the landscape changing its mood within minutes – revealing only parts while others are still covered in clouds, showing its complete charm with a blue sky just to disappear completely in fog right after…The same view through your lens can change entirely within moments, helping you tell a completely different story.
Where in the world do you find most inspiring?
“It’s not a specific place but I guess I’m often drawn to locations somehow connected to mountains. It always gives you the biggest ‘wow effect’ while looking through the viewfinder. And you always find yourself wondering how the view and your composition would look from the next spot, 30 meters above you.”
Do you have anywhere on your travel wish list?
Yes, for sure, the list actually is pretty long. Next stop will be Japan – I’m really looking forward to its natural colour code within the landscapes and city streets.. and also of course to slurping some delicious ramen! Besides this I am trying to go on a longer trip through the mid-west of America and its wide, lonely roads. Capturing this on my Mamiya is a long-held dream, waiting to come true.