LOCHCARRON is situated on the coast of the North-West Highlands of Scotland, 200 miles north of Glasgow. Inverness on the east coast is the nearest city, 65 miles by road, or by train from Strathcarron Station. The village of around 900 population is at the inner end of the sea loch 16 miles from the open sea. The bridge to the Isle of Skye is 25 miles away at Kyle of Lochalsh, also the terminus of the railway. A significant proportion of the working population are involved in either fish farming, tourism or crofting
ALEX INGRAM has been a photographer & cameraman from secondary school days in the 1950's.
Twenty of twenty five years in the police in Liverpool was as a forensic photographer / cameraman. After an injury at work he had to retire and eventually started as a freelance in Shropshire, moving to Lochcarron in 1988. A broad spectrum of photographic work was undertaken, but in 1990 he suggested to Grampian Television that he could improve news coverage for the west coast on a freelance contract. This was built up with freelance reporters to 400 new items from the Lochcarron base in 1994, covering an area from Oban to Cape Wrath, and the Inner Isles.
Ten hour days without a break, with 300 miles a day at times against the clock, became too much. There was also a need to reduce work to act as the sole carer for his mother who was in poor health. Sadly she died in May 2002 just short of 90 years old. In recent years work has been part time, on the television side mainly for BBC and foreign broadcasters. There have been some exclusives, such as the Blockade of Kyle Harbour, used as the lead story by ITN, the story initiated by him and also doing the interviews. The saga of the Skye Bridge was followed from planning to the present day. Through local knowledge he was the only cameraman present for the first demonstration at 1am in the morning, providing exclusive pictures to BBC and used worldwide.
Now the TV kit has gone, Alex is semi-retired and taking on photographic projects simply for his own interest, from panoramic landscapes to fine art.
THIS LOCHCARRON WEBSITE is a personal project, without any outside funding or advertising revenue. After a decade of contributions to the community newspaper 'An Carrannach' it seemed a natural progression to bring pictures of the area immediately to a wider audience. This site also demonstrates a wonderful co-operation created through the internet. A web site designer in England wanted some advice on photography, whilst Alex needed guidance on websites. They met through a messageboard and this site is the result !
Never having met, all contact through e-mails, but for a couple of phone calls, all the co-operation has been created by the technology. This project highlighted the best of the internet and my immense thanks are due to Jonathan for making this site possible 'on a shoestring budget'. His time and effort has been considerable, yet he had never been to the area or met me. Pleased to say he has since visited Lochcarron and it was a pleasure to meet at last. So anyone who enjoys visiting this little corner of cyberspace please remember it came about with true spirit of the internet age.
Thank you Jonathan
Lochcarron, Strathcarron, Ross-shire, IV54 8YA.
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