For eight years, nightscape/astrophotographer Andre Hudson braved some of the most beautiful, wild and perilous terrains in Scotland to compile this unique collection of photographs, the first volume of “Scotland at Night”.
It is a document of Hudson’s travels, with camera, telescope, lights and lasers, to areas throughout the country’s central belt; the Lothians, the Scottish Borders, the North-East, Fife, Perthshire and Dumfries and Galloway, where he documented natural landscapes and historical structures dating from the Neolithic era to the 1800s. While others have captured some of the monuments and topographies depicted herein, Hudson‘s eye was drawn to alternate perspectives, and under night skies; the waterfall as seen from directly beneath it, the never-photographed but equally majestic rear of the castle, from within the ancient cairn as it frames a million galaxies.
His technique is also uncommon; all photos were taken as a single digital shot with no compositing, and with very minimal editing. His objective was to capture Scotland’s land and water during the hours of darkness, using natural moon- and starlight and with minimal, if any, artificial lighting – except when he was moved to create his remarkable “light paintings”, which adorn and celebrate structures and natural forms, lending an elegant emphasis to the compelling nature of these locations.
Hudson’s images are deeply intuitive and moving; they reveal the careful devotion of an artist who marvels at his subjects with a deep reverence and appreciation. As such, these photos dramatically convey the natural beauty and magic of Scotland, exquisitely illuminated by night sky, moon and stars.