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Issue 18 - Picture perfect

Whisky Magazine Issue 18
September 2001


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Picture perfect

Harry Cory Wright accompanied Michael Jackson while he researched Scotland and its Whiskies. Diary extracts complement his stunning images

Barley in Aberdeenshire
Michael has been telling me to keep an eye out for the barley. I have seen many fields over the last few days on a long trip down through Aberdeenshire. Suddenly, this morning, at the top of the valley I saw this wonderful glowing field surrounded by trees – the early sunshine streaming through the branches. I strode out into the barley, took the photograph (main picture) and by the time I was back in the van my legs were drenched with dew. I then drove down the hill into the mist, not to see the sun for another two hours.

The west coast of Islay
Michael and I arrived here with a fresh westerly breeze
stirring up all the seahorses below. There are patches of sunlight striding across the landscape below and a great feeling of the dynamics of this beautiful, robust island, set hard against the mighty Atlantic Ocean. There is salt and moisture everywhere: our hands are damp and I have to keep wiping the lens clean of spray (inset on main picture).

Rowan and honeysuckle woods
Up through this wood earlier this afternoon ... moss, birch, rowan and honeysuckle. The trees seemed to tangle with each other under this low canopy of green. In this warmish weather the smells are damp and earthy, full of old moss, lichen and fresh grass (picture at the bottom of page).

Water in Autumn colours
It is the near the end of the whole project and Michael and I are keen for a picture of rich autumn tone and colour. I have been driving beside the river for some time bu...

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