Pinnacle Editorial is closed until late June

It’s that time of year when I pack my rucksack, head north, and pray the midges haven’t come out yet. That’s right – I’m off on my next long-distance trail!

Unlike last year1, this time I am not taking a structured approach to my wandering. James and I are heading south from Glenfinnan for a TGO feature, and after that I’m heading north from Shiel Bridge, taking a route through the mountains. Altogether I plan to walk around 215 miles. But this isn’t a holiday – this is work, and I’ll be working hard.

What this means for the editorial side of my job is that I will not be responding to work queries until the final week of June. Phone signal is patchy in the Highlands and power is a scant resource on the trail. Besides, I don’t want to be dealing with email when I’m doing field work.

If you have a query, please contact me as usual and I’ll get back to you when I can. I still have limited availability later in the summer, so if you have a book that needs editing, let’s talk. As always, I’d request that you don’t send me unsolicited manuscripts.

You can keep an eye on what I’m up to on my Instagram feed. My photos will be cross-posted to Twitter too, but I don’t plan to be tweeting often.

  1. West Highland Way, Alder Trail, and Skye Trail.

Follow-up review: Trailpix ultralight tripod

In my initial hands-on review of this innovative product, I concluded that ‘I think this is going to be exactly what I’ve been looking for’. After using it in the field, I’ve changed my mind. Here’s why.

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Thinking about video

I used to shoot a lot of video, but at some point over the last few years I stopped. I’d like to start again.

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Trapped in the Grid 01

Trapped in the Grid 01

Lincoln, September 2016

Today I’d like to introduce a new street photography project: Trapped in the Grid.

I’ve been into street photography for a few years now. Fast-paced and instinctive, ruled by the gods of luck and chance, I find it compelling. It’s so unlike my mountain photography, yet I believe working at this rewarding hobby is improving my skills in the photographic part of my job too.

I find street photography hard, and I fail far more often than I succeed. But I’m getting braver. Earlier this year, I realised that my better compositions all adhered to the same loose visual theme: human beings enmeshed within complex geometric shapes or structures, often seemingly oblivious to their fantastical surroundings. The seed of a new project was sown.

Trapped in the Grid aims to present images showing members of our species interlocked within the vast system that both sustains and imprisons us.

Image 01 was taken in Lincoln, England, in September 2016. It’s a view into a small cafe on Steep Hill. The stacked layers caught my eye as I passed – and the way the main subject seems to be made of the same stuff as his surroundings.

I’ll be posting a new image from this series each month.

Field Notes: the West Highland Way

In this year’s issue of the Outdoor Enthusiast Hike and Bike Special1, you can find my feature on hiking the West Highland Way. Here are a few notes and photos from this great backpacking route.

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