Photographer Connor Mollison gives us an insight into his photography and his favourite spots to take photographs in Scotland.
How did you get into photography?
I’ve always found it a lot easier to express my ideas visually, rather than with words, even as a young kid. I would always play with cameras, but never really know how to use them properly. For some reason, it had never crossed my mind that I could be known as a “photographer”, so it wasn’t until a year ago that I decided to take a bit more seriously and up the quality of what I was doing. That said, I still don’t really consider myself as a photographer – I just aim, shoot, and hope for the best.
Do you have a favourite area in Scotland to photograph?
Yes, and it’s a popular spot for many: Glencoe. Living in Glasgow, it’s incredibly easy to get to when time is limited and it has so much to offer. There are waterfalls, mountains, glens, walks, and beautiful camping spots along Glen Etive..
What hidden gems in Scotland have you stumbled across that are now your favourite locations to shoot?
Recently, I went to @thehighlandcollective meetup. We went to Glen Nevis to shoot Steall Falls, but at one point on the trip I split up from the rest of the group and followed a little stream. It turned out that this stream led me to a pretty impressive waterfall which I didn’t even know was there. I’m not sure if many other people know about it as I’ve not seen many other shots of it online.
Where have you never been that you would love to go in Scotland?
I’ve got a growing list of places I want to visit in Scotland. I’ve seen some stunning images of the Wailing Widow Falls which runs out of Loch Gainmhich. I’d say that’s probably up near the top of my list at the moment.
What is one of your favourite photos that you have taken?
It has to be a drone shot of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. In October 2016, I rented a motorhome with my dad and went on a 700-mile road trip around the west of Scotland. On our last night, we parked up by the viaduct, with the intention of snapping a sunrise shot.
When I woke up, it wasn’t looking promising. The sun was creeping out but the colours weren’t popping like I had hoped for. I sent the drone up anyway and just as the battery was dying, the colours REALLY popped. It is by far my most widely shared photo online because of the location and angle, but to me the shot is special because it marked the end, and was my very last shot, of an amazing trip.
Where do you look for inspiration? Who are your top influences on Instagram?
I reckon my favourite photographer on Instagram would have to be Ali Horne (@ali.horne). I love his editing style and he manages to capture a really satisfying, soft light.
Thanks for your time! Before we let you go, what other social platforms are you active on besides Instagram? I’m sure our readers would love to know where else they can connect with you on the web.
The best place for you to get more of me is over at www.connormollison.co.uk. I’m still building it right now, but this is where I will be going much more in-depth about the places I shoot, location guides, and other content related to photography and Instagram.