WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2012


Fortunato Gatto, Italy

Celebration of a grey day

If the Isle of Eigg is a gallery of landscapes, then Laig Bay is its masterpiece. Fewer than 100 people live on this tiny geological jewel off the northwest coast of Scotland. It’s part of the Small Isles (an archipelago in the Inner Hebrides), the result of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. ‘On a stormy day, you get the feeling of having been catapulted into a black-and-white world, with more shades of grey than you could ever name,’ says Fortunato. Bracing himself against the powerful winds blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean, he photographed the textured patterns in the volcanic sands of the long, silvery beach, etched by the ebbing tide. ‘To me, it represents the essence of this place.’

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f2.8 lens; 121 sec at f16; ISO 50; Giotto tripod + remote; Lee Neutral Density 0.6 hard & soft filters + neutral density 0.9 filter.

Isle of Eigg, Scotland: latitude 56.8937, longitude -6.15331 Isle of Eigg, Scotland: latitude 56.8937, longitude -6.15331

Isle of Eigg, Scotland

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Fortunato Gatto, Italy

Fortunato moved from Italy to Scotland in 2007 to follow his dream of becoming a professional photographer. He has since has spent most of his time travelling the country to discover its hidden treasures. With dedication, scientific study and his family's support, he has earned international recognition in photography competitions.

  • After the storm