It’s been a while since I posted any of my landscape work, but I shot these pictures a while back while visiting a friend who lives at the very tip of the heel of Italy.
It’s an interesting place to visit. The further south you travel, the drier the landscape gets, and the number of people dwindles down to no one at all.
Landscapes again, and the last in my Alpine Dreams series from the French and Swiss Alps.
If you’d like to buy any prints of these shots, you can do so here (opens in new window).
Some more images from my Alpine Dreams series of landscapes and scenes from the western Alps, this time focusing on all the bits and pieces mankind has left behind around the mountains.
Among the highlights, the convent high up in the mountains at Notre-Dame de la Salette, the mediaeval citadel of Sisteron in Provence, the mountain-rimmed waters of the Lac d’Annecy and the city of Grenoble, which famously nestles at the junction of three deep valleys.
If you’d like to buy framed or loose photographic prints from this or any of my other Other Side collections, you can do so over here (link opens in separate window).
Returning to the natural world, some new shots and prints released from my Alpine Dreams series, taking in everything from the forests of the pre-Alps to the super-high, super-cold glacier factories of the Ecrins.
Among my favourites, a dead tree struck by lightning stuck halfway between the sky and the ground in the Chartreuse, a stream choked by snow where the car park for a mountain refuge ought to be, a marmot so camouflaged in the boulders he’s almost impossible to find and the weird, weird things that happen to snow when there’s been an avalanche.
If you’d like to browse prints from this selection, they’re available on my site here.
It’s back to Iceland for a second set of prints from one of the world’s more extraordinary landscapes (click the link above if you’d like to browse the store).
Going through these has got me itching for another visit…
The first of two sets of shots from a circumnavigation of Iceland (this sounds glamorous but anyone who’s been will know there’s actually no other way to do it since there’s only one road).
There’s not much that can be said for a country this wild that can’t better be expressed in pictures. But it’s no surprise that it’s become Hollywood’s go-to place for alien worlds.
If you’d like to browse prints from the collection, you can do so here. Twitter users might also like to know that I’ve now set up an account specifically for my art and travel work at @ScottsOtherSide.
There are few places in the world quite like Dungeness.
The only official desert in Britain, it’s dependably gloomy, creepy, desolate and, what with being sandwiched between a nuclear power station and a military firing range, in all ways just not quite right.
Which means, of course, that photo nuts flock to it.
If a print from this collection takes your fancy, you can order them here.
So, frequent collaborator, makeup artist and all-round creative whirlwind, Siwan Hill, called me up.
“I need to do some effects,” she said. “What can we do with effects?”
“You know, blood, gore, carnage, that sort of thing.”
“I dunno,” I said, “but I’d quite like to do the evolution of man… You know, hunchback becomes homo erectus without the full-frontal nudity.”
And thus, many emails later, we decided to revisit the recession and make a gentle dig at Hayek’s Road to Serfdom by watching what happens when capitalism reaches its logical conclusion and switches into reverse.
And we did this by covering our models in mustard.
Fun fact: the most difficult prop to procure was the right kind of paper bag.
Concept: Siwan Hill and Scott Rylander
Makeup and styling: Siwan Hill
Models: Katerina Jugati and Paul Hughes
My last post was all about how I asked my models to look stoned and brain dead.
That, as it turned out, is a surprisingly difficult thing to pull off.
So herewith a few outtakes from the raw series in which people failed to look like zombies.
A series over a year in the making, a while back I realised I’d fallen into the trap many photographers end up in in the early years after they turn pro.
I’d become so het up about things like correct framing, exposure, focus, lighting and all the other technical titbits that I was starting to lose sight of the madness that got me into this in the first place; of shooting things at random just to see what happened.
So I recruited some improbably willing models (improbable given that my pitch was: “I want to make you look ill”) who gamely stepped in front of the lens for what I like to call my raw series.
Which was all about making people look slightly brain dead and/or stoned.
Big thank yous go to Andrew, Angela, Antonio, Emma, Luke and Martin for being bonkers on cue.