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Photographer Kevin McGarry rolled out the red carpet for the opening of his fine art gallery at Awe Petrol Station, Taynuilt, last week.
HRH the Queen, Orlando Bloom, Scarlett Johansen and Denzel Washington were all present at the event and, according to their host, ‘were all suitably impressed with the landscape images and event work on display’.
Kevin’s VIP guests were all cardboard cut outs of just some of the people he has photographed over an illustrious career which has spanned 38 years during which he has covered a diverse range of subjects including royalty, major sporting events, athletes, corporate work and landscapes.
The gallery itself is a ‘working studio’ open for visitors to view local landscape images and examples of Kevin’s work with VIP clients.
‘I can’t guarantee HRH, Orlando, Denzel and Scarlett will be in the gallery for when potential visitors arrive but I will throw out the red carpet and give them a warm welcome,’ added Kevin who has also made two fine art photography books of Glencoe and Loch Awe which are available to buy.
‘The images on the walls are mostly of Loch Awe, Glencoe, Loch Etive and Glen Noe. I have been photographing the area for the last 15 years and find it inspirational. It is a privilege to work in such a stunning location,’ he continued.
‘I have been using the electric bike to venture up into the mountains and am happy to demonstrate this to the gallery’s visitors.’
A much sought-after freelance professional photographer, Kevin translates ideas into stunning, marketable photography for all types of businesses.
It is while working on these assignments and while photographing the Scottish Highlands, that Kevin developed his use of GigaPan imagery – gigapixel panoramas, digital images with billions of pixels.
During Glasgow 2014, he captured 70,000 athletes, spectators and VIPs and made more than 278 images into one interactive panoramic.
At the Gold Coast Games there were 80,000 people in the stadium with an online and TV potential of 1.4 billion people. Kevin made several GigaPans at the opening ceremony and closing event, the Rugby Sevens and the Game Shapers Party. He also projected the images of London 2012 onto a swimming pool in the Lansdowne Club in Mayfair for fans and staff so they could swim through the images.
As well as currently showing his work at the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe, Kevin is hoping to give an illustrated talk at Oban Phoenix Cinema when Covid restrictions allow.
Main photograph (NO_T20_KevinMcGarryStudio-3045-scaled.jpg): Photographer Kevin McGarry shows his VIP guests around his new gallery.