Neil Buchan-Grant is a travel and portrait photographer, originally from Edinburgh but now living in Winchester. He describes photography as his conduit to richer life experiences and says that it has enabled him to forge strong connections around the world. His aim is always to capture glimpses of drama and beauty with his camera. “I also enjoy travelling and meeting people, so I think I’m probably doing the right job,” he adds with a smile.
In 2004 Neil won the Independent on Sunday/Insight Travel Photographer of the Year Award, and soon after started to gain regular commissions for Insight Guides and Berlitz. In 2013 he bagged both the prestigious AOP Open Award and was crowned British Travel Press Photographer of the Year.
For 30 years Neil has shot film and digital images on many different cameras, including digital SLRs, medium format digital backs and digital rangefinders. Throughout that time he’s been on a quest to find the perfect blend of image quality and reliability. That’s what led him to the innovative Olympus OMD system and in particular the flagship OM-D E-M1. It has quickly become the most useful and intuitive camera the photographer has ever worked with.
Via the workshops he runs, Neil meets many photographers still using DSLRs. But within a few hours, most are won over by the simplicity and effectiveness of the mirror-less system, as he was. His portfolio now contains many images that simply could not have been shot with any other camera. It’s no surprise Neil now looks forward to future innovations from Olympus and continued excellence when it comes to optical design and performance.