By John MacLean, 17/01/15
Following on from Lewis & Harris winning the Best European Island Destination title, awarded by the world’s largest travel site TripAdvisor last year, the Outer Hebrides have now been shortlisted twice in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.
Eoropie beach in Ness is up for the Beach of the Year award, while the Outer Hebrides as a whole will compete to win the Holiday Destination of the Year award. Voting is open until 31st January, 2015!
By John MacLean, 08/12/14:
Just a reminder (as I’ve been asked about this a few times recently) that John MacLean Photography provides professional photographic services throughout the Western Isles/Outer Hebrides, including the Isle of Barra, Vatersay, Eriskay, North & South Uist, Benbecula, Berneray, Harris and of course Lewis, where I’m based. I am happy to travel up and down the length of the Hebrides at any time of year (it can be a real adventure in winter!) and also enjoy visiting the remoter islands, like the Shiant Isles and St Kilda.
I am well accustomed to taking on commissions at short notice, working to tight deadlines and enjoy meeting and engaging with people in the island communities in which I live and work.
If you need photographic work done quickly and to a professional standard, in the first instance please call me on 01851 820441 / 07468 297727 or use the Contact form to drop me a line and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can (normally within 24 hours).
By John MacLean, 30/11/14
Please note that John MacLean Photography’s mobile phone number has now changed to 07468 297727.
By John MacLean, 20/11/14
Just back from a short November work trip to North Uist and Berneray in unusually mild weather.
After a mostly bright sunny day on Tuesday, it was pure uninterrupted sunshine from dawn to dusk on the Wednesday, making it a pleasure to be working outside on Berneray, but difficult to leave for home the next morning…another day or two staying in Lochmaddy would have been nice, but other work beckons.
Above is a photo of a fiery red cloud just before sunrise at Ruisgarry, Berneray.
By John MacLean, 03/11/14:
At the end of October I photographed the four-day Faclan Book Festival at An Lanntair, Stornoway. This event has run annually since 2006, and since 2011 in its current Halloween slot.
The theme this year was “The Past is a Foreign Country” and included the launch of Ian Stephen’s first novel A Book of Death and Fish, an account of Dolina MacLennan’s early years, friendships and influences in her book An Island Girl’s Journey, and Robert MacFarlane in conversation with Finlay MacLeod about his multi-award winning book The Old Ways.
The festival opened with Peter Urpeth playing a live piano accompaniment to Theodore Dreyer’s classic 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” and closed with a Club Night collaboration between piper/singer/songwriter Iain Morrison and New Delhi based audio-visual club act B.L.O.T.
By John MacLean, 14/05/14:
Bookings are now being taken for professional portraits for business use: high quality corporate and PR portraits and headshots are now being used very effectively in many printed and online information sources, from annual reports and press/PR outlets to social and business networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.
John MacLean Photography can provide you with the photos you need to present a professional and friendly image to clients. Photographs can be matched to the style of an existing set of images, or a completely new approach can be taken: it’s up to you. Contact JMP.
By John MacLean, 19/02/2014:
Beating locations in Greece, Chile, Madagascar and Thailand, the Isle of Lewis and Harris has been voted the #1 island to visit in Europe and #5 in the world by users of the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor:
A visit to Lewis and Harris is like stepping into the pages of a Scottish fairy tale. In Lewis—the northern part of the island—the legendary Callanish Standing Stones poke up from the ground like a strange and massive rock city. The Blackhouse, the Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln, and the Carloway Broch all offer a peek at what island life used to look like. In southern Harris, the east side beaches boast some of the oldest known rocks in the world, dating back millions of years. Cruise over to the volcanic islands of St. Kilda to explore the ruins of a medieval village.