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Photographer who has exhibited around the world and has close links to Dingwall-based Heartstone shares stunning images of Highlands

By Louise Glen

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A rainbow over Foulis Castle and Foulis Forest. Picture: Nick Sidle
A rainbow over Foulis Castle and Foulis Forest. Picture: Nick Sidle

A PHOTOGRAPHER who has taken more than two million photographs has shared some of the most beautiful images from the Highlands.

Nick Sidle, who has been part of Highland-based Heartstone - a non-profit arts, cultural and educational organisation - with co-founder Sitakumari since 1990, has worked all over the globe as a photographer and photojournalist.

Sitakimari said of Sidle: "He was drawn to photography from a very early age.

"His natural interest in both social and environmental subjects eventually led to his career as a photographer and photojournalist and has seen him cover documentary featuring these themes with special access assignments in many countries, including work in Kosovo and Bosnia during the conflicts there and in Afghanistan immediately after the fall of the Taliban regime after the international response to 9/11.

Eilean Donan Castle from the air. Picture: Nick Sidle
Eilean Donan Castle from the air. Picture: Nick Sidle

"He is also known for his underwater images, including such themes as the first satellite tagging of a Great White shark in the southern ocean for conservation purposes, a photo story featured in Australian Geographic."

She continued: "His coverage of military aviation, including fast jets, has led to exhibitions in locations including the Royal International Air Tattoo and Duxford Air Museum.

"He has had his work exhibited in some of the UK and Europe’s most prestigious and influential venues, including London’s Southbank Centre, Barbican Centre, the British Library and European Parliament.

"His ability to approach his subjects, whether they be people or the natural world, with respect and sensitivity, as well as his great sense of timing which produces the classic image capturing a genuine ‘moment in time’ have made him an internationally acclaimed photojournalist.

Inverness from the air. Picture: Nick Sidle
Inverness from the air. Picture: Nick Sidle

"His work continues to bring new partners and opportunities to Heartstone, the national non-profit organisation he co-founded with Sitakumari in 1990 to challenge prejudice and intolerance and bring people together."
She added: "His photo library now includes more than two million images and is the key foundation for all Heartstone’s exhibitions and projects.

"Much of his experience as a photographer and photojournalist in the war-torn regions of the world and his social documentary work in the UK, especially London, has provided the background from which his writing has been inspired, why it is so visual and feels so real.

"As a writer, Nick Sidle has worked professionally since 1984 producing short stories, books, material for the stage and commentaries on political, social, environmental and scientific subjects."

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