In October 2013 I was approached by Edinburgh based company David Campbell and Co to provide images for a project commissioned by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). The project involved providing information about energy generation and the 'green' aspects of their hydro and wind power installations throughout central and northern Scotland.
The Scottish Hydro System is an amazing feat of technological innovation and engineering, with many lochs and rivers being linked by an extensive system of underground tunnels to a large number power stations that sit discretely in the Scottish landscape. A mental image of huge concrete structures scarring the beautiful Highland landscape is far from the reality - the dams are gracefully engineered and many of the power stations have classical architectural merit.
As a landscape photographer this project provided me with an opportunity to see some the most amazing parts of Scotland that I wouldn't have been able to visit under my own direction, as many of the installations and dams are in very remote locations with private or restricted access. Some of the power installations are actually subterranean!!
The project is ongoing and will provide public information boards throughout Scotland and form a 'Green Energy Trail'. Follow the trail - it's extremely interesting, a great way to tour Scotland and to see some fantastic scenery!