Atlantic to Med

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

This evening we all enjoyed a high mountain experience in the company of mountaineer, hill-walker and photographer Ken Scott. He's visited us before - last time in 2010 talking about photographing the light in mountainous areas. He's also the author of the book "Photographing Changing Light" (can recommend this - I've got it!). You'll gather then that he's an expert in capturing the changing moods of mountains according to the weather and time of day!

This time it was an account of his epic walk along the HRP - the Hautes Randonée Pyrenéene - the high level route along the Pyrenees connecting the Atlantic with the Mediterranean. This was a "50s" event said Ken - 50 days walking over mountains to mark being 50!!

During the evening Ken gave a detailed account of the journey he and his friend made, illustrated by absolutely superb images. They showed the changing weather conditions through the mountains - from intense sun to lowering mist, the peaks lit with early morning light and disappearing in rolling cloud. Ken likes to put people in his landscapes - they give a real sense of scale and increase the dramatic impact. Through his images we met the various people with whom he came into contact such as those making the same journey. This was clearly not only an epic but an immensely satisfying journey. Mind you - must have been a relief when they actually dipped their feet in the Med!

There's a book of the trek coming out - more details on Ken's website

Thanks very much for a superb evening, Ken - we hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future!


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