120 High Street on a sunny winter’s day

at the Hogsback Inn Hotel on Saturday 27 July (Hogback Winter Celebration 2019)
It’s been my great fortune to visit Scandinavia every year for the past 15 years and, recently, I’ve been able to get far enough north to have some spectacular sightings of the Northern Lights. This week’s photo is one example. It was taken one stormy night in late October above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. The moon was full and it occasionally lit up the fjord landscape beautifully between heavy snow storms. I had set up my camera in a shady spot and was really lucky that the aurora appeared for a couple of minutes just as the clouds whipped clear.
This is one of the pictures, and fifty more, that I will be showing at next weekend’s Hogsback Winter Celebration. I’m giving an illustrated talk ’To the Northern Lights: a Photographic Journey’ at the Hogsback Inn on Saturday 27 July from 10:00 to 11:00. I’ll have selected prints taken in Finland, Norway and Sweden available for sale after the show. Hope to see you there!


Roddy is a self taught photographer whose first camera, a Zeiss Ikon, was bought in 1974 from a second hand dealer in Glasgow. Through the forty years since then, he's taken landscape photographs with Pentax, Olympus and FujiFilm systems for his teaching and research as a geography academic at Kenyatta and Rhodes Universities. He has always been inspired by great nature and landscape photographers such as Nick Brandt, Beth Moon, Obie Oberholzer and Hans Strand. Since taking early retirement he has been able to pursue his passion for photography, published a photobook ’Symmetry in Nature and held three solo exhibitions at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 

His landscape photography is about light: often at low angles, of forests, mist and clouds, the night sky and lightning. He prints on different media depending on the affects he wants to produce: brushed aluminium for reflecting angled light; Hahnemühle German Etching paper for soft diffusion; Ilford Metallic Gloss for vibrant night pictures.

His conceptual photography uses mirroring and merging of layers to explore patterns, motifs and the feminine in nature.