In his most recent series, landscape photographer Kilian Schönberger travelled the Scottish Highlands, mindful of retracing the journeys of William Wallace. The mood in his images melds the awesome wilderness of Scotland that hearkens to its storied past. “The landscape retains, especially under rainy conditions, the ancient spirit of the lifetime of the Scottish national hero William Wallace aka Braveheart,” says Schönberger.
“Fascinated by the landscape and the mystical mood of the movie Braveheart, Scotland is always on my mind when it comes to mystical mountainous landscape photography. So I was happy that I found two fellow photographers who were willing to accompany me for a two-weeks road trip to the Scottish Highlands.”
The movie Braveheart is a 1995 film starring and directed by Mel Gibson, which received both critical acclaim and commercial success. Gibson is in the lead role as William Wallace, the 13th-century Scottish warrior who championed the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence fighting England’s King Edward I.
The movie is largely based on Blind Harry’s epic poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace. These works were adapted for the big screen by Randall Wallace. Braveheart earned nominations for ten Oscars during the 68th Academy Awards and garnered five, namely: Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Director and Best Makeup.
Schönberger, who is ironically colorblind, has a delightful way of showing the heart and soul of a place despite his handicap of not being able to experience colors. Thru his expertise and by consulting colleagues, he captures the perfect hues to communicate the temper of a place.”My aim was not just taking pictures of natural scenes—rather, I wanted to create visually accessible places where the viewer can virtually experience the wild Scottish landscape and some historical sites, too,” he says.
See his ode to William Wallace and his beloved Scotland in his Braveheart’s Legacy here.