LINDSBORG — The Scottish Highlands' essence — wild, wide spaces — will be on display in a new show of photography by Jim Richardson at Lindsborg's Small World Gallery opening April 14.
The new show is part of Lindsborg's Makers Street 2nd Friday art walk and concurrent with Bethany College's annual Messiah Festival of Art and Music.
Richardson assembled the exhibit from his visual story about the future of Scotland's moorlands for National Geographic Magazine in its May 2017 issue, which pops up on newsstands and in mailboxes in April.
The show will be on display at Small World through July 31.
"In this story I wanted to show the Highlands' magnificent vastness with spaces that challenge the great American Southwest," said Richardson. "At base, this is a story about nature and who controls it - the dense Caledonian pine forests, lush heather hills, deep mountain vistas, deer stalking on ancestral lands, and traditional clan gatherings.
"It's been 20 years since I first photographed Scotland," he said. "I came to this coverage having already hiked a lot, talked with many Scots over the years and poked around Scottish life on even the most remote islands. Yet until this assignment, I had never focused on the Highlands' beautiful moors.”
Of his 31 stories for National Geographic Magazine, this is Richardson's seventh on a topic involving Scottish culture or landscapes.
For National Geographic TRAVELER Magazine, he has photographed Scotland's single malt whisky country, its islands and skerries, the cross-country Royal Scotsman rail experience, and the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe.
He has delivered keynote addresses and taught workshops in British and Irish Isles over many years.
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.