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Matinee: 'The Wild in Me: Dave Cuthbertson' Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

9 February 2019

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 188th in our series of Saturday matinees today: The Wild in Me: Dave Cuthbertson.

This is the second in the John Muir Trust's The Wild in Me series celebrating "wildness and the relationships between people and wild places." Wild concept, right?

The Trust, named for John Muir, the Scots-born founder of the modern conservation movement, has over 25,000 members in the U.K. who generate over £1 million worth of conservation volunteering each year.

He uses 120 film in a German Noblex panorama camera with a rotating lens.

Dave (Cubby) Cuthbertson is a native of Edinburg who moved to the Scottish Highlands where he spent his youth as "a young climber pitted against the elements that Scotland's mountains can throw at you."

He became an elite climber, returning to the mountains of his youth with a camera to capture through the eyes of a wiser man the thrills of his youth.

And he manages to make a living as an international mountain guide which he combines with photography and providing safety and consultancy to the TV and film industry.

In this 2:45 clip, he takes us along as he hikes up through a valley to the rocky mountain tops of a stunning landscape along the north face of Ben Nevis. Gorgeous (if a bit scary) stuff.

We get just a glimpse of his gear. He uses 120 film in a German Noblex panorama camera with a rotating lens. Early in the video, we see him sorting the color positives from that camera.

But the charm of this video is taking that hike with him.

"It's the wildness that attracts us as walkers and climbers," he says. And as photographers, too.

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