Highland Ponies in Glen Prosen
It was a photoshoot I had long wanted to undertake. To be in the Scottish Highlands with a ghillie, deer stalking. But not just any ghillie. This ghillie had to work traditionally, using Highland Ponies to bring the Red Deer stags and hinds off the hill.
It was following a chance introduction to Eric Starke, winner of the prestigious Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy for Working Hill Ponies at the Scottish Game Fair, that this long-awaited photographic road trip to Scotland came into being. At last, I could follow and photograph that dwindling breed of traditional Highland ghillies.
After working closely with Eric, planning, and organising the photography, I travelled to the Angus Glens to spend time on the hill with Eric and his ponies, Cally & Mia. Back home, I had the photographs that I had long wanted to capture.
After some thought during compiling and editing the photography, which was for a couple of editorial features in magazines, plus support from The Highland Pony Society, the concept for his book, Highland Ponies in Glen Prosen, came into existence.
The book is a large-format high-quality coffee table book, that captures and records one of the remaining Scottish ghillies that breeds, trains and works Highland Ponies.