Rhue Art

Fin Macrae Artists Statement

Fin Macrae was born in Inverness and grew up on the coast of Wester Ross, Scotland. He currently lives in Tain, Ross-shire with his wife Margo.

A self-taught photographer, Fin takes his inspiration from the sea and the land as well as the people who inhabit it. His work often alludes to what lies outside the frame and invites the viewer to imagine the landscape. He is attracted to small details; focusing on the minutia of the wider picture. He has been influenced by the work of a variety of photographers- Josef Koudelka’s eye for detail, Edward Weston’s landscapes, David Kokos’ & Rolfe Horn’s minimalism and perhaps most significantly Sebastiao Salgado’s ability to capture the essence of life.

The simplicity of line, balance and detail is evident in his work. In a landscape that by nature or the hand of man changes constantly, Fin constantly looks for cohesion and unity between the elements of earth, water and air - very often with some evidence of humanity’s interaction with the land.

He is quickly building a reputation and was selected as one of ten young British visual artists to watch by Channel 4 at the V&A in September 2005. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Scotland and the UK and was also awarded a Merit for work published in the International Magazine B&W in 2007 - one of only 4 UK based photographers to do so.

Current projects include the completion of work for “ThreeSixFive - A Year In The Highlands & Islands” This will lead to a major publication and touring exhbition throughout Scotland in late 2008 into 2009.