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Profile

My interest in photography stems back to my childhood, using slide film on an entirely manual Russian camera. That was all my teenage budget could afford. Since then, photography has slowly but surely taken over my life. It has led  me to places that I would never have otherwise visited, often at strange times of the day and night. It has given me some of the most memorable moments of my life. Watching aurora twist and turn overhead. Knee deep in arctic snow. Incredible light in the Scottish mountains. That's why I love it.  

My background is in the medical profession, with over 30 years experience on the frontline of the UK NHS as a Doctor. I live and work in Scotland, which I believe to be amongst the most beautiful countries anywhere on the planet. It's perhaps not surprising that many of my images have been captured within a few hours of home, setting my alarm clock for an insane early rise in  anticipation of some incredible light.

I have had a number of joint and solo exhibitions over the years, including prints at the OxO in London (2018) and at the Mall galleries, London (2016). My work has been published in various magazines and newspapers including The London Times, The Herald, Outdoor Photography magazine, Landscape Photography magazine, Practical Photography as well as appearing in various exhibition brochures and books. I have also written articles for magazines such as Outdoor Photography and my images have been used commercially for uses as diverse as book covers to wallpaper.

I gained a distinction award from the photographic alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB) for prints in 2009 and was a regular contributor to international photography exhibitions for many years. I have been fortunate to have won a number of international awards as well as having achieved success with images in various international competitions, notably the UK Landscape Photographer of the year, Outdoor Photographer of the year, Scottish landscape photographer of the year and Scottish nature photography award competitions.


Workshops

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I run a number of Photography workshops each year, both independently through Mark McColl Photography Ltd, and as a tour leader for Light and Land, Charlie Waite's renowned photography tour company. I give a large number of talks around photography clubs each year, and am more than happy to pass on knowledge gained over the years to others. If you join me on a workshop you can expect to be out shooting from dawn to dusk, weather permitting. I will take the time to ensure you know and learn the basics of photography (exposure, depth of field, use of filters etc) as well as spending significant time on compositional skills and reading light in the field. We will also spend some time on image processing, particularly if adverse weather precludes shooting on a particular day / part of a day. My workshops have the reputation for being a lot of fun, and many clients return for successive trips. You can follow me on Instagram (and Facebook) where I regularly post new images, using the links from this website. I also make occasional YouTube videos, though I'll confess to feeling more comfortable behind rather than in front of a camera!      

If you wish to contact me, please use the contact facility and I'll get back to you.

I hope that you enjoy looking at the images on my website. If you are interested in any of the workshops, drop me a line to register interest or to book a place. The best way to find out about my workshops is to subscribe to my newsletter - many of the places are booked up via this route before any advertising. Thanks again for your visit!


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