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Highland Heart

03/19/2013 05:40 pm ET | Updated May 19, 2013
  • David Eustace Photographer, Hon Dr. of Arts, Photography, Edinburgh Napier University

As we sat in NYC and drank coffee a friend suggested I go and create a personal portfolio on a subject "close to my heart". This was the perfect excuse for me to return "home" and lose myself in the majesty of the Western Highlands and Hebridean Islands of Scotland.

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Funny how life changes, for at 28 years of age I decided to give up a career as a Prison Officer in Glasgow and return to full time education as a mature student. This decision changed my life and has since opened so many wonderful new doors to a world I could have only ever dreamed of.

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My camera and photography have given me many luxuries in life, few more valuable than to go and record moments, places and folk that move or inspire me.

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I'm not comfortable with the term "capture" when it comes to describe how I make my images, as this suggests a wish to possess, restrict or even imprison something, and the spirit of this land belongs to no man. My hopes are that these images offer a window on a moment, a split second when this land smiled at me and I felt humbled. I feel at peace here. A place where I can stop, listen and am reminded of the simple sounds of the earth. A place I know as home.

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Generations past, present and hopefully those in the future will bear witness to this landscape. A landscape that's changed little over many decades yet daily offers new wondrous sights depending simply on the seasons and shifting winds.

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The Highland Heart exhibition will run from April 5-7 at the Hudson Studios, New York, as part of this year's Scotland Week celebrations.

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All photos by David Eustace.

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