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LAST LIGHT Days don’t last long on the Isle of Skye in midwinter. Light is fading fast by three and is usually all but gone by four. Yet in these final moments, further mutations can appear as the clouds constantly shift, bathing a distant mountain or expanse of water in sudden, unexpected sunshine. “I sometimes come back to the hotel afterwards and sit down and wonder what I’ve just been through,” Julian says. “Often it might be weeks or even months before I look at the work. It’s a way of detaching yourself from it. I’ve got work I shot a couple of years ago that I haven’t looked at. The detachment means it has to stand up visually when I do come to revisit it.” What Julian captures has a significant following. So much so that he has begun public speaking and leading bespoke tours of the Highlands and islands for just one or two individuals at a time. “Bringing people somewhere like this and showing them how to do something in a new way is really rewarding,” he says. “Often it’s just about encouraging people to think differently and break habits.” As Julian opens the trunk of the Discovery, he explains how the new Intelligent Seat Fold * fits his life. “When putting together your equipment list as a location photographer, the vehicle is an important part of it,” he explains. “This is not simply a seven-seater, it can be whatever you need it to be. The configuration gives me complete freedom to utilize a combination of seats and floorspace depending on the amount of gear I’m carrying.” From advertising shoots to his solo landscape work, and even when not on a job, Julian’s Discovery has to serve as a base for people and equipment in every scenario. “It’s about flexibility in any situation. I can arrange it to fit the numbers of passengers I am carrying at all times.” When alone and on the road, as here on Skye, the cabin also offers a feeling of security and calm that can be helpful in rough conditions, he says. “In winter, weather conditions can change very quickly. But I know I’m safe in here. I can warm up very quickly.” And should the perfect storm come rolling in, offering up that one unique opportunity for capturing the perfect shot, the new optional, waterproof Activity Key wristband gives Julian the confidence that he will be able to get back into the vehicle and take off quickly, without rummaging for keys. Once back in his heated seat, he can rely on the connectivity of the Land Rover InControl ® Touch Pro TM 10” Touchscreen display ** , the latest generation of Ingenium engines and Terrain Response 2 ® system designed to monitor the driving conditions and automatically select the best mode to tackle them. *** His love of the Scottish landscape and the Land Rover vehicle reveals an appreciation for a certain kind of enduring solidity and elegance. There is a sense of INNOVATIVE ISLANDERS ALAN DICKSON RURAL DESIGN ARCHITECTS “We did the first contemporary wooden build on Skye and this is now the first contemporary metal-clad house. It’s inspired by the agricultural buildings of the island. People think of houses on Skye as being little white cottages, but we were interested in all the in-fill buildings. That variety of material – the timber and the metal – gives you much more to play with as a designer. We were also interested in the human scale of the old crofting cottages, with walls as high as a man could reach. I built this house literally myself, from the foundations up.” assurance about this monumental land that is present not only in the Land Rover vehicles that tackle this terrain, but also in the other works of engineering that Julian admires – his camera equipment, his tripods, even a simple, elegant wristwatch. “Using equipment I am comfortable with and that I know I can rely on gives me the space and freedom I need to immerse myself in the scenery,” he says. It is this that draws Julian back, often to the same remote places, time and time again. Knowing they will always offer up some new secret. “People think you can visit a spot, take a photograph in 15 minutes, and that’s it, you’ve experienced it,” he says. “But I have found that the same place constantly changes with each visit. Capturing those moments gives me real satisfaction. I’ve seen something no one else will see. And I didn’t just see it. I captured it. I made a photograph.” DISCOVER MORE OF SKYE Follow Julian on his journey to the Isle of Skye and explore the interactive story at * Only available with third row seats. Available as part of a package on HSE and standard on HSE Luxury. Not available on SE. ** Do not use Land Rover InControl® features under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. *** These systems are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these systems will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult the owner’s manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details. 77


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