Photo by: Sarah Kissauan (@__sarahbk)

Photo by: Sarah Kissauan (@__sarahbk)

 

About Dan

Welcome to my site

For anyone interested, I thought I'd explain how I got into photography and making videos.

In 2014, I moved to Glasgow to study at Strathclyde. During my time off, my friends and I decided to explore different parts of the city and it’s surrounding areas. Using online forums, we tracked down the location of abandoned buildings, caves and waterfalls. Since none of us had a car, we travelled mostly by train or bus.

  Smuggler's Cave, Alva Glen

Smuggler's Cave, Alva Glen

  Sea cave, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Sea cave, Berwick-upon-Tweed

I was particularly interested in the West Highland line, a railway that starts in Glasgow Queen Street station. After a few hours, this train would stop off literally in the middle of nowhere. Corrour train station is great example of this. It is considered to be one of the most remote train stations in the U.K. and cannot be accessed by public roads.

  Loch Ossian, 1 mile from Corrour train station

Loch Ossian, 1 mile from Corrour train station

  Loch Ossian in winter

Loch Ossian in winter

During my second year of university, my photography gained a small following on Instagram. I wanted to see if there were any companies interested in my images. I compiled a list of outdoor brands and began emailing them. In May 2016, the outdoor clothing company, Hi-Sports offered me a part-time photography job. I was asked to provide 5 travel images per month, to be used for Hi-Tec's website and social media.

  My image of Ben Vorlich on Hi-Tec's Website

My image of Ben Vorlich on Hi-Tec's Website

  Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting

Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting

With my new role at Hi-Tec, I decided to take a break from university and focus on my photography. To support this move, I have worked a few different jobs such as restaurant work and retail.

Later that year, while working in a restaurant in Edinburgh, I decided to start filming my camping trips. By talking directly to the camera, my idea was to film what I was doing and where I was going. I had seen this style of video before on YouTube and it is often called vlogging. One of the grandmasters of vlogging is filmmaker, Casey Neistat, who runs a highly popular YouTube channel.

My first video

After a few months of practise, I was getting better at talking to my camera naturally. In January, I filmed a video while cycling through a place called Glen Etive. In 2012, Glen Etive was made famous by its feature in the movie ‘Skyfall’. It appears during a scene where James Bond escapes from the baddie, by driving through the highlands of Scotland in his Aston Martin. Unfortunately, my journey was not as smooth as Bond’s, since 4 miles of my planned cycling path did not exist. However, the video of my trip unexpectedly hit over 100,000 views on Facebook.

My video 'Biking Glen Etive'

As my videos improved, more opportunities cropped up. In May, I began working with Hostelling Scotland on a video project about the Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel. The aim of the video was to illustrate some things to do around the location of the youth hostel.

My video for Hostelling Scotland 'Exploring Achmelvich Beach'

In June, I decided to camp on a mountain called Stob Ghabar, located near Glencoe. Using a rubber ring, my plan was to paddle down a river which I had spotted on the map. During my trip, I discovered that this river crossed over a huge slab of rock. This flat slab of rock, combined with the river, had effectively created a natural waterslide. My video of the waterslide was played over 500,000 times on Facebook. This number of views was a bit of a shock but also quite exciting. A couple of weeks later, a guy sent me in a video of him and his mates. They had managed to track down the location of the waterslide to have a go themselves.

My video 'Sliding Down from Stob Ghabar'

  Daily Record Article

Daily Record Article

Throughout 2017, I continued making videos and also started working as a retail assistant in Tiso. In September, a BBC programme called ‘The Adventure Show’, asked if I’d appear on their upcoming episode. The programme aired in November on BBC 2 Scotland and featured footage from my camping videos. It was pretty funny watching the episode live; I never thought I’d see myself inside a tent on the BBC.

In 2018, my plan is to continue working on my photography and videos.

If you have any questions or would like to work with me, send me an email at: danielrpbell@outlook.com


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