I fell in love with photography at an early age. Over the years I have used numerous types of cameras and formats, including 35mm rangefinder and SLR, vintage twin-lens reflex medium format and a beloved Pentax 6x7. I still have most of them and love just taking them out of their cases and handling them – each one sets off a treasury of visual memories. Through that early period I spent a lot of time, literally in the dark, developing and printing the black-and-white images I had captured. I have worked across all kinds of genres and started a small photographic business whilst at university. I founded and ran an industry magazine called Luxury Briefing which brought together the many different strands of the luxury industry and I continue to practice as a luxury brand consultant. I have been lucky to travel extensively, often writing for other magazines, providing my own photography. Latterly my career has taken a creative turn into another long-held passion – landscape design (see www.ogilvylandscape.com) – which has only served to sharpen my focus on landscape photography.
I live in Scotland but have been coming to Nantucket, off Cape Cod, for nearly 30 years and it is a place which provides endless visual inspiration. The gallery page entitled Thin Places brings together a series of images which were the subject of a recent exhibition. The name seemed an apposite one, being a place where, according to ancient Celtic and Christian theology, heaven and earth are especially close. It is certainly something I feel when I am in these locations. I am particularly drawn to bodies of water for various reasons: as a huge reflector of the changing sky, as a generator and attractor of mist and fog, and as a magnet for birds, which have become something of a signifier in my images. If you wait long enough, one will usually come along!
The pursuit of a beautiful image has often turned out to be an almost spiritual experience for me. And trying to capture that for others is my ultimate objective - a unique record of a 'still space' that can provide a kind of spiritual refreshment whenever you look at it.