About Your Host
Photograph by Alasdair James MacLeod
Islandscape Photography was established by Dr Sam Jones LRPS, a landscape photographer whose home has been on the Isle of Mull since 1998. Educated in Law at the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Oxford, Sam has worked in government in London, Belfast and Edinburgh. However, her real passion is to capture the magical play of Hebridean light on land, sea and loch. Above all, through her photography she seeks to convey a sense of place and a sense of being there, of experiencing the elements and the landscape. Sam was awarded a Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society in June 2008. Away from photography, she is Chairman of Mull Theatre, Scotland's foremost professional touring theatre company and a member of the RNLI Tobermory lifeboat crew. In January 2012, she was named as RNLI Photographer of the Year and was also commended in the 2012 Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. She was a finalist in two categories of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards in 2013 and 2014. She was the winner of the Scottish Rural Parliament's 'Celebrate Rural Scotland' competition in 2014. As well as having three solo exhibitions at An Tobar in 2013, at Calgary Arts in April 2014 and at Glengorm in May 2015, she has also taken part in a number of other exhibitions, including the Royal Photographic Society's International Projected Image Exhibition in 2011 and 2012 , the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition at the National Theatre in London in 2012 and the Year of the Print exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2014.
Sam’s overriding objective is to remain faithful to the original vista. She undertakes minimal digital post-processing of her images as she believes that Hebridean light needs very little assistance: “what I saw, is what you get”.
“For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed attempting to capture the landscape and seascape around us. My interest initially stemmed from spending time outdoors and from hill walking in particular. But gradually, I learned that landscape and seascape photography is not all about land or sea. More often than not, it is about the play of light on land, river, loch or ocean. The realisation of the importance of the effect of light was as much an epiphany for me as I suspect it has been for many others. I enjoy photographing the land and sea at sunrise and sunset, but particularly the former. There is nothing like watching the first rays of morning light rush across the landscape. My favourite photographic seasons are autumn and winter when the light can be sublime. Like many people, I have found that my interest has been energised by the digital revolution. For some, digital means deceit, however, minimal post-processing in Photoshop is applied to my images. Digital manipulation such as changing the weather conditions is, in my view, dishonest. I aim to get it right in camera in the field and I have no desire to spend more time in front of a computer than I already do. I make limited use of filters, using either neutral density filters, neutral density graduated filters or a polariser. These control, but do not distort light and simply make the camera sensor see like the human eye. I want to remain faithful to the original vista and Hebridean light needs little assistance. In other words, what I saw, is what you get.
I established Islandscape Photography to share my passion for photography and the Isle of Mull with others as I want others to experience the tranquillity and majesty of the Hebridean landscape as I have.”
“Sometimes, just sometimes, it pays to refuse to be rational, and to turn our backs on everything society says we should do. Whether our destiny lies halfway across the world or in the next room, what is certain is that we have only one life, and it must belong to us.” Guy Grieve, The Call of the Wild (2006)
Receiving the RNLI Photographer of the Year award from marine photographer, Rick Tomlinson, at the London Boat Show.