Malcolm MacGregor is an international landscape photographer based in Scotland.
For me, photography is about life. It is about recording life, whether it be colour and light in the landscape or a market scene. As soon as I have a camera in my hand, I am paying attention, looking closely at people, things, or the landscape. Photography gives us the chance to say something about the world we live in. Photographer Michael Kenna's dictum: "If you are on your feet long enough you may eventually find what what you are looking for" chimes with my experience. I try to proceed with a spirit of enquiry and a good pair of boots.
My genre is wilderness, searching out aspects of nature that are off the beaten track. Photography has taken me from mountains, to deserts, to war zones. I have travelled extensively, from Oman to Iceland, from Afghanistan to Africa. Closer to home I have a portfolio of Scotland's castles, gardens and stately homes.
My early career was spent as a professional soldier in the Scots Guards and 6th Gurkhas, living and working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the UK.
In 2000 I began photographing widely in Scotland and the Middle East. My first book, Wilderness Oman, was a two year project which tapped into the eclectic mix of desert, mountain and coastal landscapes. Like Scotland, Oman was the ideal place to develop a feel for design, shape, form and, most importantly, light. Another book, Oman: Eloquence and Eternity, included photographs of other remote areas. A private commission followed, a portfolio called Light over Oman. Then came The Outer Hebrides which featured landscapes from one of Scotland's most iconic island groups.
2008 was spent working on a major project with the HALO Trust, a humanitarian mine-clearance charity. Documenting the work of this international group took me to conflict zones in Africa, SE Asia, the Balkans and Afghanistan. These photographs were exhibited in Washington DC and London.
2009 saw the publication of Mull, Iona and Staffa. A year later I returned to Afghanistan to photograph the Scots Guards on operations in Helmand. Then went on to photograph in Brittany, Iceland, Colorado and New Mexico. My work has featured in magazines and academic books. More recently, I have been a photographer and writer for Scots Heritage Magazine, documenting many of Scotland's historic buildings.
Working initally on film, my camera of choice was the medium-format Mamiya 7II. As my style evolved I changed to a 5x4 large format camera, the Ebony 45s. It was a revelation to see the world upside down and back to front which helped develop compositional skills. Acting and moving slowly and deliberately with this camera developed my sense of place and powers of seeing and sensing more than a landscape. I now use digital Fuji X series of cameras. A medium format GFX 50s, with four wide angle to short-telephoto Fujinon lenses, is my main camera, with the smaller Fuji XT-2 as back up. For work in UK I use a big Gitzo tripod and a lighter Feisol CT-3472 for work overseas.
I undertake private commission work and have done so in the British Isles, France, Iceland, Oman, and Alaska. I have exhibited photographs in London, Muscat, Edinburgh and Washington DC. I have been honoured to lecture about photography at The Royal Geographical Society in London, the Royal Photographic Society, the Fine Arts Society in Muscat, and with Cunard on board the Queen Elizabeth.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography.
I hope you enjoy browsing through the photographs on this website, and thank you for visiting.