British Coastline On The Edge by Peter Cairns

British Coastline On The Edge by Peter Cairns

The interface between land and sea offers many opportunities for contrast. Peter Cairns gets inspired by the British coastline, and its weather – photographing on the edge

My colleague Niall Benvie introduced me to the ‘edge effect’ a number of years ago. He suggested that the interface – the zone of change between land and sea, between night and day and even between changing weather patterns – is a seductive draw for landscape photographers and a quick browse through this magazine will confirm Niall’s theory.

It’s not surprising then that along our spectacular coastline – a habitat that often brings several ‘edges’ together in one place – photographers find a rich seam of opportunity. Even in the most remote and inaccessible coastal corners it’s not uncommon to see a tripod precariously balanced on a rocky headland above a raging sea. Somewhere close by will be a photographer seeking to capture the majesty of the edge, as land, sea, weather and light coalesce against the soundtrack of a pulsating ocean.

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Peter Cairns

Based in the heart of the Cairngorms, Peter Cairns is an award-winning nature photographer with over 10 years’ professional experience under his belt. He is a founding director of The Wild Media Foundation, the social enterprise behind the 2020VISION multimedia project.

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