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Issue 13 - The Knock, Crieff, Perthshire. Ewan McGregor

Scotland Magazine Issue 13
March 2004

 

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The Knock, Crieff, Perthshire. Ewan McGregor

Our third celebrity to reveal a favourite place in their homeland is top Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, with words and pictures by photographer Andy Hall

Ewan was the first to agree to participate in my photographic project, A Sense of Belonging to Scotland. To have him on board at such an early stage gave me the impetus to produce a publication of which I am extremely proud and which he describes on the front cover as “The most
beautiful photographs of Scotland that I have ever seen!”

Ewan is from Crieff. He went to school there and several of his family still live in the area. When I met him to take his portrait for the book he was the proud Chieftain of the Crieff Highland Games, resplendent in the McGregor tartan and fulfilling a lifetime ambition to be the Chieftain in the games of his own home town.

This particular shot was taken in October, at first light, from the top of the Knock Hill, which lies behind the Crieff Hydro in Perthshire.

In his description of the photograph in the book, Ewan refers to the shininess of the image. This effect has been created by the early morning dew, which had not yet evaporated. In terms of composition, the birch tree in the foreground is important in that it gives the image depth.

My father used to say that Perthshire is the bonniest of all Scottish counties. This is particularly true in autumn and with five of the photographs in my book having been taken in Perthshire in autumn, it is difficult not to agree.

I would like to leave the last word in this feature with Ewan when he says that, “The photographs in this book will inspire the beautiful melancholia experienced by Scots away from home all over the world.” With that in mind, I hope you that you are enjoying the series.