Twelve favourite images from 2010

Well, I thought a good way to start this new blog (and new year) would be to have a look back at 2010 and choose my favourite 10 images from last year. Actually I found this sufficiently difficult that I ended up making it my favourite 12 images!

Last year was an extremely busy and very productive year for me thanks in no small part to the support of Iona and the boys as always. It saw me shooting a wide range of locations, local and further afield, and moving in new directions in terms of subject matter. Of course, my passion for the unique light, landscape and details of northern Scotland is as strong as ever and always will be, but I have also found myself drawn much more to human environments. Inspired by the work of great masters such as Bernd & Hilla Becher and Keld Helmer-Petersen, I have been enjoying exploring man-made structures, especially functional, everyday and industrial buildings. A few of these appear in my top 12.

Towards the end of the 2010 I also decided to focus my photography a bit more, and started a number of projects, ongoing photographic essays on specific themes (such as Structures) – but more about those in future posts.

Anyway, enough words from me for just now, time for some images – here are my 12 personal favourites from 2010, in no particular order. These images were not shot for any commercial reasons, just purely for personal enjoyment – I hope you enjoy them too!


PURPLE TIDE – Soothing colours in tidal pools on the island of Iona at dusk.

WINTER WOODLAND – Fresh snowfall on birch trees near home.

OVERPASS ANGLES – Exploring the colours and angles of this pathway over the railway in Alloa, it reminded me of a giant graph.

RIVER GALAXY – Swirling waters in the River Affric.

SAFE HAVEN – Simple harbour abstract at Gardenstown in the north-east.

BEECH IN SNOW – Caked in snow after a blizzard, a tangle of branches.

AUTUMN CHAOS – Grand old beech tree up Strath Conon in early November.

BIG INDUSTRY – Wonderful metal patterns at the enormous oil refinery in Grangemouth.

SPRING GIANT – another beech tree twisting upwards in glorious green.

STEPS AND SHADOWS – Simple detail playing with the patterns on an everyday storage tank in Inverness.

BAY AT THE BACK OF THE OCEAN – A wonderful name for this sweeping bay on the west coast of the island of Iona.

WINTER DELICACY – Snow picking out the beautiful shapes of larch branches.

Please feel free to add a comment and let me know what you think, which ones you like (or don’t like!), and many thanks for stopping by.

Wishing you all a great 2011,


15 responses

  1. Hi Ian!

    Great collection of images and I wish you also a great 2011!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

    • Thank you Sven – starting a blog has been partly inspired by your blog, very enjoyable with consistently inspiring images!

      January 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

  2. Nice to see you back in action (publicly at least). Spring Giant is a great picture, full of motion and gesture. Look forward to seeing more as the year progresses!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

  3. Erin Wilson

    Perhaps because it’s very snowy here right now, but Beech in Snow is really wonderful. Lovely collection, Iain.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

  4. Gorgeous shots Iain. They really pop against the gray background. I have officially subscribed. πŸ™‚

    January 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    • Thanks Jennifer – much appreciate the feedback!

      January 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

  5. Hey Iain, lovely images as always πŸ™‚ And your site works v well on my iPhone πŸ™‚ my fav is the steps & shadows
    Glad to see u back on twitter too. Hope u had a good Christmas & NY

    January 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    • Thank you for your kind comments Suzy and glad to know the site works well on iPhone. The steps & shadows image is proving popular. All the best, Iain.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm

  6. Hi Iain!
    Wonderful blog and gorgeous images! Your trees are always fantastic, love Spring Giant, Winter Delicacy and Winter Woodland in particular. Have subscibed now, so can keep up with new posts! πŸ™‚
    Happy New Year!

    January 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    • Thanks Annika for your kind words – much appreciated! Happy New Year to you too!

      January 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm

  7. I’m ecstatic to see your blog, Iain! I know you were thinking about starting one for a while.

    I always love seeing another photographer’s perspective on what their favorite photographs were. Helps you see into how others work, in a way. I really love the juxtaposition of nature vs the man-made here. My favorites from this set are Beech in Snow and Steps and Shadows.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    • Thanks for your kind words Preeti – I always love getting feedback, it’s much appreciated!

      January 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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