New Arran picture book is 20 year labour of love

Author Allan Wright with his new Arran photography book.

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A new photographic book of Arran’s 60 best views has just been launched.

The work is the brainchild of Castle Douglas based photographer Allan Wright and is the ‘edited highlights’ from over 20 years of photographic exploration on the island.

The launch was held recentlhy at Arran Active in Brodick where there is currently an exhibition of block mounted prints in the upper gallery space from the book.

Author Allan said: ‘This modest portfolio edition represents the edited highlights from over 20 years of photographic exploration. The nature of the work is personal and subjective, and cannot claim to be comprehensive.

‘Every location featured possesses a special sense of place. I regard it as my task to tune into, and deliver, this sense. The process of creating a deserving image is to enter into a game of chance, but the chance factor is underpinned by calculations aimed at shortening the odds of achieving a desirable result. Dipping into the rich and sensual palette of Scottish west coast light as it plays out its merry dance across the land through all the seasons, the possibilities are unlimited. When elements conspire to bring a landscape to life like this, I acknowledge a quiet sense of privilege.

‘To talk photo-speak for a moment; finding a good angle is a large part of the art of landscape photography – but without the magic ingredient of light, things will not transcend to create anything special. An awareness of the path of the sun during all four seasons and the quality of light it produces during the rhythm of the day is second nature to the landscape photographer. I could revisit all these featured locations again and be presented with a distinctively different set of qualities.

‘Arran offers wilderness in abundance, a shoreline of great beauty and diversity perfect for a meditative ramble, and dramatic glens and tumbling burns that will surely uplift the spirit. Trek through wooded foothills into the heart of its ancient mountains and you will find tranquil lochans guarded by towering, rugged peaks. If a dose of solitude is an essential for the nourishment of both heart and soul, Arran will happily provide. Delve into history and pre-history with castles, forts and Neolithic stones, then simply take some contemplative time travel to further lose yourself. The atmosphere in the towns and villages is welcoming, with world-class facilities and the best of Scottish hospitality on hand to complete the inventory of reasons to spend as much time as possible losing yourself on this wonderful island.

‘The images in this book are sequenced very roughly as an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the island starting at Brodick, with an ascent into the mountains at the end. I have attempted to define the locations of each photograph by means of a corresponding page number on the map, which appears on the previous page. I would be delighted to think that this book might function as a sort of ad-hoc guide book. If an image transmits a special sense of place that the viewer feels a connection with then, with a little sleuthing, he or she could navigate to the same location and have an equally joyful experience as I had.

‘In my experience Arran offers a very intense and varied package of life-affirming opportunities within its 167 square miles, all of them contributing to support its perhaps not-so-grandiose claim on the title Scotland in miniature.’

The book is a soft back 20 x 23 cm and retails at £10. It is widely available on the island and the mainland.

Author Allan Wright with his new Arran photography book. 01_B16book01

This unusual panoramic view of Corrie is featured in the book. 01_B16book02

The book features these seals basking in the sun at Kildonnan. 01_B16book03