About Me

Contact Me : staylor@highlanderimages.com

Scots have always been well known for traveling overseas to remote and far-flung places of the globe and I guess this has a lot to do with the weather we have in Scotland. I am no different and have certainly enjoyed my 25 years or more overseas. I arrived in Asia in 1984 fell in love with the region, and have been based here ever since apart from a year in Houston and a 4 year hitch in Dubai. I have lived in Singapore on two separate occasions and now happily settled in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I have always been a keen photographer ever since I was about 10 when my great aunt gave me a Box Brownie camera. I did a fair bit of film photography for many years with a Canon EOS 620 but sometimes disappointed with the final processed prints or slides .... always blamed that on the processing lab of course! My interest was rekindled in photography when the new digital SLR cameras made their debut and I spotted one in Dubai realising I could use all my existing lenses.

My first digital SLR was a Canon D30 camera which was a 3.1 megapixel camera. I guess in those days this was state-of-the-art, but it did produce some pretty good images considering what we would now regard as a low resolution camera. Committed to the Canon products, by virtue of the investment in lenses, I then upgraded to the 10D and subsequently to the 5D and 5D MkII. I have to say that I have been very impressed by the quality, robustness and reliability of the Canon products and plan to stick with them. A full list of my current camera equipment is listed in my Camera Gear page.

I've been lucky enough with my job to have travelled fairly extensively throughout Asia giving me some great photographic opportunities. The region is a photographer's dream offering a wide range of colorful and exciting images from dramatic landscapes, mysterious temples, bizarre religious ceremonies, and diverse people with the real opportunity to capture close up images of disappearing cultures. There are quite a number of famous photographers such as Steve McCurry and Michael Yamashita who frequently visit this region and also say this is the best region in the world for photography. So I am lucky to have decided to live here and am only a short distance away from some stunning photographic locations.

My photographic work has been focused around travel, documentary and photo journalism and the ability to capture a story or photo story and present this in a compelling format whether that be a book, a slideshow or a DVD presentation. I have also done a lot of work in HDR photography and the page section on HDR describes that process in much more detail.

I was lucky enough to participate in a photography workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2007 which was conducted as part of the Angkor Photo Festival and run by Gary Knight of VII and Philip Blenkinsop of Noor Images. This workshop gave me invaluable experience in planning and executing a photo shoot for photojournalistic purposes and the wealth of experience and knowledge from Gary and Philip took my photography to a new level. Since then I have been lucky enough to have met Michael Yamashita at the One Asia "Images of Asia" conference in Singapore and his style and work content, which aligns so well with my photographic focus, inspired me greatly.

HighlanderImages Photography offers a diverse range of images focused primarily on Asia with a documentary and photojournalistic style. Many of these images have been created to tell a story and have been used in the creation of multi-media slideshows, videos, articles and books. Images can be purchased as prints in a variety of sizes and media or as digital downloads from the HighlanderImages Website.