For Stephen, trees can have a profound presence in the landscape and possess a typically transient beauty dependent on season, light and in the juxtaposition of natural elements. Invariably focusing on details and what lies below the horizon, he attempts to delve beneath the surface appearance of things and to capture something of the true essence of the Scottish landscape.
Stephen has exhibited widely over the years including at prestigious galleries in London, Edinburgh and Stirling and has won a number of major awards for his photographs depicting Scotland’s trees, forests and woodlands. These awards include ‘Overall Winner’ in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards; Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 and previous winner of the ‘Best Portfolio Photography Exhibit’ award at the Chelsea Flower Show, as well as an RHS Gold medal for photography.
Prior to the pandemic, Stephen was teaching and leading photography workshops at the gallery here, as well as at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. He was also called upon as a guest tutor on residential workshops elsewhere as well as on university level courses, such as those at Kingston University, Surrey.
Stephen Whitehorne lives and works in Preston near Duns, in the Scottish Borders.