James Smith
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James Smith

Welcome to my website

I live on the coast of the Solway Firth in Cumbria, having moved from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides to Silloth in 2011

Following several very successful exhibitions of my work, mostly in Scotland, I  took the plunge and turned professional and moved  with my wife Janet from York to the Outer Hebrides. We established the Oiseval Photographic Gallery on the Isle of Lewis in 1991, the gallery was situated on the wild Atlantic  west coast of the island in the village of Brue. The gallery ran very successfully for 20 years until we moved to Cumbria on becoming semi retired.

Whilst living in the Hebrides I visited all the islands including the remote and very spectacular St Kilda archipelago many times capturing images in all weather conditions. I soon came to conclusion that in landscape photography there is no such thing as bad weather especially in the Hebrides.

I displayed and sold exclusively my own framed and unframed work very successfully in our gallery until I partially retired and moved to Cumbria.

I presently sell framed prints through a local gallery in Cockermouth, and operate a full mail order service of unframed prints through my website to worldwide clients.

I spend much of my time these days working not only in Cumbria but also the Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders regions. I have recently spent a lot of time around the coast of the lovely Solway Firth both on the Scottish and English sides. I will always be drawn to Scotland , in particular the NW Highlands and the Outer Hebrides. I continue to visit the islands of the Outer Hebrides which will always be close to my heart, to visit old friends and capture new images.

I also supply images to commercial clients and have recently supplied images to Historic Scotland for a book.

I am now at an age when most people would have retired but most days I will be out somewhere with a camera waiting for that special moment of perfect light.