I am an experienced photographer whose work has been recognised with the award of a distinction (LRPS) from the Royal Photographic Society.

My architectural photography was included in two exhibitions in 2016: "Grey Gardens" at Dundee Contemporary Arts and "HOME" at the Royal Scottish Academy. My work has been published in the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland's Journal and in the Journal of the Royal Photographic Society. I am working towards an exhibition in Edinburgh City Art Centre to open in November 2019. See The Making of Classical Edinburgh.

I also have experience in museum photography, capturing the essence of new exhibits and displays, and visitors' reactions.  

My knowledge of architecture - I have a degree in architectural history from the University of Edinburgh - combines with that of the museum and heritage sector - my career includes being a town planner, Museum Director, the Director of Communications for a Museum Agency, and then Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland for 16 years.  I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, an Affiliate Member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, a Member of the Museums Association and I am the current Chair of the Scottish Civic Trust.

I can bring this breadth and depth of experience to help develop your brief and to add special value to the photography.

I use Nikon professional grade equipment - currently Nikon D850 and D800 DSLR bodies and a range of Nikkor lenses. In virtually all shots the camera is tripod-mounted for stability, sharpness and accuracy of composition. RAW files are edited on a colour-calibrated iMac using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and the finished files are delivered to you in the format/s and sizes to meet your needs. High quality giclee prints can also be provided.

Are you applying to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly HLF)?  In my time as Head of HLF in Scotland I successfully presented many large applications to the HLF Board, and understand the significance of powerful images to make your project stand out in a competitive environment. I can work with you to identify the all-important and unique narrative that distinguishes your project from the competition, and provide you with the high quality photographs you need to illustrate it. See page on FUNDING


© Colin McLean Photography 2019