Combining a cow and a hill is not the most promising of premises for an art work - the concept would miss many an editor's cut. But I feel that this was a very special moment in time. It is the Highlands of Scotland as we know it - imbued by atmosphere, dominated by grandeur and enveloped in mystery. The image smells of whisky, bonhomie and a barbarous past. The history of the Highlands is dark and unruly and I think there is a nod to that here.
Buachaille Etive Mor is a spectacular peak. It guards the eastern entrance to Glencoe like a centurion in ancient Rome. Its much photographed and emblematic rock face is best complemented not by blue skies, but by the weather that defines Western Scotland dark and low clouds that put a menacing ceiling on all the wilderness that lies below.
I could have gone to Glencoe at any time, but my choice was for the last spring,; as I wanted the hint of the cold and the additional tonal breadth that the remaining snow pockets give to the image. There is such simplicity to the image and yet it can grab and hold the attention for much longer than the premise suggested.
Photography without emotion is nothing and when I look at this image, childhood memories are evoked on a grand scale. There is a timeless almost prehistoric element to the content and whilst we will never know, there is a sense that this pairing could have been played thousands of years ago. As a country our glorious days in engineering and invention may be behind us, but the one constant is the unique rawness and geological drama of places such as Glencoe.
David Yarrow was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1966. He took up photography at an early age and as a 20 year old, he found himself working as a photographer for The London Times on the pitch at the World Cup Final in Mexico City. On that day, David took the famous picture of Diego Maradona holding the World Cup and as a result, he was subsequently asked to cover the Olympics and numerous other sporting events. But he refused to be pigeonholed and his interests expanded as he grew into himself. It was only many years later, that he found his true comfort zone in documenting the natural world and the last eight years have been career defining.
Yarrow's evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is most distinctive and it has earned him an ever growing following amongst art collectors. His large monochrome images made in Los Angeles are on display in many leading galleries and museums across Europe and North America and his work is also a regular feature at established art fairs. By the spring of 2017, he had firmly established himself as one of the bestselling fine art photographers in the world, with the limited edition prints (just 12 in an edition) regularly selling at over $40,000 a piece and his well-received recent work is now priced even higher.
At the Sotheby's photography auction in London in May - Yarrow's iconic image from South Sudan - Mankind - was sold for $75,000 - the highest of the 100 lots in the show. In April the following year David's image "The Wolf of Main Street" sold for $100,000 and was the highest bid for piece by a living photographer and most recently "78 Degrees North" went for an impressive $110,000.
In 2016, Rizzoli New York published his latest book - Wild Encounters - with a foreword written by HRH The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William). The book was awarded "Art Book of 2017" by Amazon and has already sold out a second print run. All Yarrow's royalties from the book continue to be donated to Tusk, the leading British NGO, that focuses on animal conservation in Africa.
Philanthropy and conservation are indeed central to David Yarrow's passion to document the animal and human world in a fresh and creative way. In 2017, charitable donations from the sale of David's images exceeded $1.2 million, with four of David's pieces raising $186,000 in just a few minutes at the Tusk Gala dinner in New York City in April 2017.
In North America, he is represented by two leading photographic galleries in Holden Luntz in Palm Beach and Izzy in Toronto, as well as broader art galleries such as Samuel Lynne in Dallas and Miller in Cincinnati. In Europe, David has a very strong presence in the Baltic - with Oslo, Antwerp and Amsterdam all key venues. David's most recent partners Maddox have been extremely popular in both London and Gstaad.
Yarrow's position in the industry has been rewarded with a wide range of advisory and ambassadorial roles. In conservation, he is an ambassador for WildArk, on the advisory board of Tusk and Ambassador to the Kevin Richardson Foundation (). In 2017 Land Rover also appointed David as a global ambassador and creative partner. He is the European ambassador for Nikon and has recently been integral to the companies most anticipated Camera release of the last decade. In December 2017 he shot TAG Heuer's latest campaign with Cara Delevingne.
His status as an artist and conservationist was confirmed in June 2017 when he was invited for a private lunch with President George W. Bush in Dallas, Texas.
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