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The Flow Country, Scotland by Donald MacKenzie

The Flow Country takes in large tracts of of land in Caithness and Sutherland on Scotland's north coast. This giant peatbog is not only vital for controlling climate change by storing large amount of carbon, but is also home to animals and plants that are not seen anywhere else.

Securing it for future generations is very important, but the pressure from commercial interests makes that a hard and ongoing job.


Camera Canon 5D Mk IV
Lens Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
Aperture f/8
S/S 1/125sec
ISO 100
Additional Notes Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Tripod with a Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Hydrostatic Ball Head.
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Donald MacKenzie

In the world of wine there is a French word - ‘terroir’. There is no direct translation from French to English. It means all the bits that, together, make the grape what it is – the soil, climate, location, culture, nature, even the people. The same concept applies to my photography. I need to invent a word to describe it. It means that my photography results from the coming together of many factors. These are land, culture, nature, environment, people, history and political beliefs. My attitude and approach to life and therefore my photography, is rooted in my history and my culture in the highlands of Scotland. A land over which the people who were born, grew up, lived and worked in it, had little or no control. A place where a colonial rule was imposed in the 18th century and the native population was relegated to second-class status. The images I create are not an attempt to present a realistic rendition. They aim to convey the mood and emotion that I experienced in making that image. My images are an artistic representation. Pushing myself to be better through study, peer review, mentoring and assessment of my work is key. The time to give up photography will be when the desire to learn and improve disappears.

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