ARE WE EUROPE
ARE WE EUROPE
Do you feel a strong connection with (Scottish) nature when you wander through the highlands?

Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are breathtaking in all their aspects. Whether it's green in Summer, brown in autumn or white from the snow, whether it's filled with a horse, humans or a single lighthouse, they are truly captivating.

We interviewed Richard Gaston about his Homeland, the Highlands.

See more of his work here

Do you feel a strong connection with (Scottish) nature when you wander through the highlands?

Do you feel a strong connection with (Scottish) nature when you wander through the highlands?

"Absolutely, I felt a stronger connection when I parted ways and moved to Scandinavia for one year for a photography opportunity and then realised my dependency for the Scottish outdoors. Now that I am home I do not take for granted the luxury of the accessibility we have to the Highlands."

 "I feel a sense of composure, productivity and health when I venture, yet still to this day I respectably fear the elements. I understand that these mountains may lack altitude but they can still be an unforgiving place, especially in dangerous conditions. This is a healthy balance and once which I will maintain as I continue to explore new areas of my home country."

"I feel a sense of composure, productivity and health when I venture, yet still to this day I respectably fear the elements. I understand that these mountains may lack altitude but they can still be an unforgiving place, especially in dangerous conditions. This is a healthy balance and once which I will maintain as I continue to explore new areas of my home country."

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Do you feel European? What's your personal connection to Europe?

Do you feel European? What's your personal connection to Europe?

"My family roots are from France - with a fitting surname, Gaston - yet I have still to explore most of the European natural areas - the Alps in this case. I feel that they require a higher degree of experience to climb their peaks, so it is a skill which I intend to develop to ensure I am ready prior to taking on the challenge."

 "Furthermore, I am grateful of the European Union yet Britain has unfortunately decided to remove itself from the state. This saddens me and many likeminded people as I personally feel we have tarnished a rich resource. I can only hope good things will come from this move as it is one I do not understand or agree with."

"Furthermore, I am grateful of the European Union yet Britain has unfortunately decided to remove itself from the state. This saddens me and many likeminded people as I personally feel we have tarnished a rich resource. I can only hope good things will come from this move as it is one I do not understand or agree with."

How would you characterize European nature?

How would you characterize European nature?

"European nature is home to some of the finest and most accessible peaks on the planet. The weather is a huge benefit in comparison to most other mountain ranges. Days on end can be spent in the Alps with fine weather, not to be mistaken with the sometimes severe weather of course - every mountain range has its day."

Are you fearful of the future - in terms of a changing climate?

Are you fearful of the future - in terms of a changing climate?

"Absolutely. We are making advancements to protect our future, yet it may not be enough as a lot of the damage is already done. I am very grateful for how well connected we are as world, no country is too far but this does come at a cost as the carbon footprint is extremely damaging to the environment."

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 "We must make many improvements as a unit to ensure generations to come can enjoy the natural world just as we have. Nature shall have the final say of course."

"We must make many improvements as a unit to ensure generations to come can enjoy the natural world just as we have. Nature shall have the final say of course."

What's so special about nature photography for you? What do you want to capture?

What's so special about nature photography for you? What do you want to capture?

"It is more than a photograph. An image of nature conveys more about the person - showcasing the extreme efforts that have went into getting to these locations. Although photography takes from nature but in many cases doesn’t do much to give back, so I am hoping to develop some strategies in order to benefit the natural world."

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 "Throughout my imagery lies a vast sense of overwhelming landscape surrounding the micro aspect of mankind, conveying insignificance and feebleness in the face of epic landscape."

"Throughout my imagery lies a vast sense of overwhelming landscape surrounding the micro aspect of mankind, conveying insignificance and feebleness in the face of epic landscape."

 "My photography style coincides with his views on mountain culture - we are temporary, minute figures spending a fleeting amount of time in the chaos that is nature.

"My photography style coincides with his views on mountain culture - we are temporary, minute figures spending a fleeting amount of time in the chaos that is nature.