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Our latest feature is a beautiful series on black and white film from Laura Grace Swan of her time on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Here is more from Laura about her time in Scotland…
I started taking photos during lockdown in London in 2021. I bought a secondhand 35mm camera online and taught myself how to use it with the help of resources like Shoot It With Film and YouTube videos.
Shortly afterwards, I took a summer job at a hotel on the Isle of Mull, one of the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. The landscape of Mull is exceptionally diverse. It’s filled with cascading waterfalls, crystalline lochs, verdant hillsides, and dramatic coastlines. It’s famous for its wildlife, being home to otters, seals, basking sharks, whales, red deer, golden eagles, and more, and it has a uniquely wide range of flora. One day, we found thirty-two different types of wildflowers in the course of a short walk. The landscape of the island and the neighboring islands of Iona, known as ‘The Cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland, and Staffa, home of the famous Fingal’s Cave and yearly breeding ground for puffins, gave me a wealth of material to work with as I slowly learned the ropes of analogue photography.