I am Ian Horne, I live in Wick, Caithness in the far north of Scotland, not far from the Old Pulteney distillery where the world famous maritime malt is produced.
I work as a Scaffolder on the North Sea oil rigs and have done so for the last 30 years, I am married with two grown up daughters. My wife Elaine, and both my girls, Amanda and Tanya were all highland dancers. The two girls have danced all over Scotland and as far away as Canada. Tanya, our youngest daughter, now has her own dance school with nearly 80 pupils, they also all play bagpipes, accordion, and keyboards. Elaine’s father Donald played the fiddle in the Wick Fiddle and Accordion Club for many years, and her uncle, the late and great Bobby Coghill, was pipe major in the Wick RBLS Pipe Band… so you could say we come from a background steeped in Scottish tradition!
I am a very keen hobbyist photographer, and have been now for about 4 years. I love learning as much as possible about the camera and the editing software available today. I had been taking point and shoot shots for a couple of years and one day, about three years ago, I was heading out to a local beauty spot, Loch More, to take a few pictures, and on the way out the door I spotted a bottle of Old Pulteney, so I picked it up and took it with me thinking it might look good in a picture. I took two pictures of the bottle that day and posted one on my own Facebook page, well, I was swamped by comments saying what great idea, etc etc, I couldn’t say it was luck could I?
I then thought it would be a good idea to try framing the picture in wood from old whisky barrels, and after a bit of searching we found someone who can supply us with old lids, staves and hoops, right from the heart of the whisky trail country. In addition, we now have a local man from Latheronwheel making the frames, and display stands for us.