About Tom, Owner of Photo Walk Scotland
My journeys with cameras began in 1979. From a Soviet-made Zenit-B from the KMZ factory via an auto-focus Minolta in the late 80’s, I only seriously upped my game with the Nikon D50 back in 2008. The latter brought on my true passion for life through a lens.
The D50 was replaced eventually with the D200, then a D300 (I even had a D650 Full-Frame for a while). A couple of years ago I decided to make a big change and swapped my Nikon kit for the Fuji mirrorless system. I currently shoot with the Xt1 and XT2 and love every moment spent with these delightful cameras.
In 2013, I decided to launch Photo Walk Scotland, combing three of my greatest passions; Scotland, history and photography. As far as Scotland goes, there is just so much diversity within such a small nation. Ancient historical sights side by side with the most modern architecture in our cosmopolitan cities. Countless sites of special scientific interest. The landscape of Scotland can be breath-taking. Magnificent jagged peaks rising from the sea; blindingly white sandy beaches stretching into the distance; azure seascapes; dark forbidding lochs; bleak desolate moorlands….It is no wonder that this little patch of land of ours is regularly hailed as one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
I have always been fascinated by Scotland’s history, how it has shaped the land and those who live here, and how it has impacted upon the wider world. In every historical era, modern and ancient, there was something of great import going on in Scotland. We have travelled the world, helped shape much of it and have played our part both at home and abroad. Our great thinkers, inventors and artists have been at the forefront of their fields. It’s impossible not be excited about sharing even a small fraction of this with visitors and locals alike.
I have to admit that I love everything about photography. The world becomes a very different place when you have a camera in hand. There are no longer any journeys from A to B. Every trip, no matter how short, becomes a recce for potential photographic locations. Great images are absolutely everywhere….you just have to take time and look for them. Above everything else, my aim is to help others get the most from their Scottish photography journey.
Words from Clients & Friends
Tom gave both fun and moving historical insights, local knowledge, with deep regard for heritage and people.
As a pretty seasoned photography enthusiast, I don’t tend to go on these types of tours. But I’m so glad that I did this one!
Tom is hugely knowledgeable and great fun, his walking tours are a fantastic way of getting to know Glasgow whether you are a local or first time visitor.