Scotland
Smart Photography|September 2019
Scotland
Prathamesh is a professional travel photographer based in Nashik, Maharashtra.

Being a creative soul from the beginning, bits and pieces of arts always fascinated him and thus with the desire of creating something of his own, his photographic journey began in 2013. The Kumbhmela of 2015 was the turning point of his expedition where he realised his true potential and zeal for the art. Now his camera is always in search of serene landscapes, magical cityscapes, story-driven culture and characters around us. His work has been acknowledged in international platforms such as International Photography Awards IPA, Black and White Spider Awards, and International Color Awards along with photographic exhibitions in cities such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Nashik. More of his work can be viewed on www.prathameshdixit.com.

Prathamesh Dixit

Have you ever been looking for a travel destination where you can hang out with nature and still stay close to human life at the end of the day? Then you are one of my kind. The United Kingdom is blessed with one such land on its north — the heaven which is the native of the Scots, the place where Scotch takes its birth and nature plays its own game of light and shadow everyday — Aye it’s Scotland!

It’s no wonder that I fell in love with this place at first sight itself. As a travel photographer, what inspires me more is the existence of human life and nature in harmony. Scotland is one such great example. The Scotland that I have explored was very jovial, vibrant, musical, warm, moody, playful, at times harsh but always welcoming — and that’s exactly how I am. Basically this land just resonates the way the explorer is. Experiences of this place should not be compared, but need to be cherished and shared.

They say that settlers got their first houses on Scottish soil around 9,500 years ago, and the first village was established around 6,000 years ago. No wonder this land holds such a rich history and culture in its soil. Nonetheless, Scotland for me was all about finding my own voice. So the exploration was more about the harmony of nature in its different moods along different places of Scotland.

Edinburgh — The Urban Side

My shoot started from the beautiful city of Edinburgh. This royal named city is the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century. Being one of the biggest financial centres in the United Kingdom and being rich with cultural, historical diversions, this city gets millions of visitors every year. Scottish people called it Auld Reekie, Edina, Athens of the North and Britain’s Other Eye. The medieval and classic stone architecture makes this city unique in its own existence, and before kicking off your journey towards the highlands, this place is a must visit.

Just to make me realise that I was in Scotland already, guess who welcomes me at the train station? The national instrument of Scotland — Bagpipes. I was expecting this somewhere in the highlands but not right away with my first step. The sound of the instrument is unbelievably royal. The vibrant attires of the bagpipers (kilt) added up more to the warm welcome. I could not resist clicking a few frames of this stunning scene. Perfect opening frame for the expedition, isn’t it?

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September 2019