Graham Niven from Edinburgh has just been shortlisted for the global contests Travel Photographer of The Year and Outdoor Photographer of The Year 2016.
How has travel influenced your life?
Much of my travel and photography has been through my work in humanitarian/development aid, which has given me a great deal of perspective. To travel for pleasure is a great privilege; not just to have the means to do so, but also the freedom.
What’s the appeal?
Largely, it’s wonder and curiosity that leads you around the next corner. I’ve been fortunate to visit a variety of places, often remote and wild, to meet and connect with some incredible people and their lives. I’ve seen extraordinary landscapes and amazing natural wonders.
How did you get into travel photography?
My camera’s always been with me; it’s not just a tool for observation and documenting during fieldwork, but also for capturing a glimpse of life in places very different to those we know.
Where is your favourite place in Scotland to photograph?
The more I see, the luckier I feel to call Scotland home. It might rain now and then, but this gives us the lush greenery. We enjoy extraordinary light and landscapes, and the opportunity for adventure is never far away. There are some pretty excellent people here too. As for a favourite photo spot, Loch Garten is special to me; it seems more serene with each visit.
Check out his work here.