Danish Photographer Captures Life on Orkney

March 9, 2017
Photographer Søren Solkær

Danish photographer Søren Solkær

Danish Photographer Captures Life on Orkney – Inside and Outside the Distillery Walls

Towards the end of last year, as part of a special collaboration with Highland Park, the established Danish rock photographer Søren Solkær travelled to Orkney to capture the extreme landscapes and explore the lives of those who live and work on the islands.

He also took time to get under the skin of the day-to-day workings at the distillery, meeting our team of just over twenty Orcadians, studying and photographing them during the various stages of our whisky making process.

Søren is best known for his striking portraits of famous musicians, skillfully blending rich colours with a cinematic tone for dramatic effect.

Over the last two decades he has photographed the likes of Björk, Pharrell Williams, PJ Harvey, Arcade Fire, Adele, R.E.M, The White Stripes and Franz Ferdinand. His work has been published on the covers of Q, Rolling Stone, GQ, Arena and Wallpaper. We asked him to take on a slightly different challenge – commissioning him to turn his ‘visual language’, Scandinavian influence and signature use of dramatic lighting, stylised colour palettes and subtle sense of humour onto the people and places of Orkney – just as intense but perhaps slightly less demanding. The result is a series of photographs which exhibit stunning elements of storytelling, bringing to life not only the unique process and history behind our whisky, but also capturing the essence of the people who craft it and the influence of the islands’ harsh environment.

The photographs will be released in 2017 as part of an ongoing partnership. Before Søren left for home, we made sure to sit him down in front of the fire at the distillery with a glass of Highland Park in hand to ask him about his time on Orkney and his impressions of the people he’d met. We’ll be posting the full interview next week.

View some of the pictures in this stunning collection in The Scotsman.


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