About the Book
'Banks and Braes' is the second book to pop out of the camera of David Russell. It features some work seen in Faraway Place, as well as new material, but with a big difference.
Rather than re-iterating the exhausting trend of including discussions on technical data, composition and style, this is a book to read about real experience and lasting memories forged just as uniquely as the photograph. It is a collection of stories and impressions that aim at putting you right there in David's shoes; tells you something about himself, the journey that took him to each photo, and the journey which we all wait to begin. The photographs themselves are of his highest standard, and are there to punctuate the theme of discovery - discovery of yourself and the connection that can be felt to the world around us.
Hi I'm David. Back at the start of my degree I was looking for some fun and adventure, and somehow I started climbing and mountaineering. At the time I didn't know it, but it was the start of a journey of both geographical and self-discovery that would take me to some of the most beautiful places in the world, change the person I was and set the destination of my life somewhere I never expected to aim. Now I cannot imagine what it would have been like if this had not happened. Over the following years I have found both amazing places and wonderful people, and in this context have explored who and what I am. I have encountered wonder, love, exultation, frustration, joy, happiness, disappointment and fear. I have learned that there is nothing that cannot be overcome and very few things not worth trying. Except badly made custard.