AN award-winning Highland photographer has launched a crowdfunding campaign to publish his dream journey of the region in a book.
Ross-shire based, John Baikie has won a series of accolades over his 20-year-career including the Scottish Portrait Photographer of the Year and Highlands and Islands Photographer of the Year.
More than £3,500 has already been pledged online to help him but he needs to raise £6,000 overall to get the project off the ground.
Fundraising platform Kickstarter stipulates that this is all or nothing and he needs to have another £2,500 pledged by the end of this month to walk away with anything at all.
“The book will focus on the true, stunning Highlands, from the north – with John O’Groats and the Castle of Mey, home to the Queen Mother for many years, and now kept on as a summer residence of Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay – to the beautiful beaches of the west coast, the castles and historical sites,” he said.
The plan is for a 100-page A4 coffee-table book with the working title Landscapes of the North Coast 500.
He added: “I want to use new unseen images to add more interest. I want people worldwide to see the north coast through my eyes. This is my personal journey.”
The NC500 takes in over 500 miles of stunning scenery around the breathtaking northern Highlands, starting and finishing in Inverness.
Voted as number five in the Sunday Times top six coastal routes in the world, it has also made headlines in the New York Times and National Geographic.
Tom Campbell, managing director of the North Coast 500 is delighted to support Mr Baikie’s venture.
“Our social media feeds are filled with amazing images of the route shared by visitors from around the world, so it is great to see a local photographer also embracing the beauty of the North Coast 500,” he said.
“John has worked closely with us in the past, and we wish him all the best with this project.”
Mr Baikie agrees that this is an opportunity to showcase the Highlands in all it’s glory.
“I believe I can capture not only my mood in my images, but also the genuine mood of living in the far north,” he said.
“It is a beautiful and remote part of the world, but as much as it is beautiful, it has an atmosphere.
“ It can be bleak, dark and lonely. It is when it feels that way that I see it at its most powerful – dark skies, ruins, stormy seas, dramatic coastlines. It can equally be sunny, with amazing summertime skies, where it hardly gets dark at all.
“My book will capture the area as I see it and as my memories also see fit.”
The website www.northcoastscotland.co.uk has a link to the Kickstarter site where people can pledge.