The Fairy Glen

Just south of Uig on the north west coast of the Isle of Skye is a small single track road. A mile in, the landscape completely changes. Hills and pastures give way to conical hills and towers and you are left wondering what precisely you have stumbled upon. How is this place so different from all others?

Welcome to the Fairy Glen. (And yes, they do actually all it that.)

Beyond the strange hills and rambling stream lies the remains of an old stone house.

The first thing you notice is that this place has a gravity unlike all others. Stepping onto the grounds is like traveling outside of time. The air is thick with magic or history or possibilities — you can’t ever really decipher it.

And you can’t take your eyes off the fallen rowan tree that is still growing, producing bright berries and leaves.

You try desperately to capture the place in photographs, but fail. It has captured you instead.

You visit twice in less than a day, lingering there. Even when you leave, it calls you back. And so you go. You made the mistake of drinking the water. The place is in you now.

And upon return, you spend hours there, until it tells you to leave. What you found was sacred ground, not consecrated by any religion, but by Nature itself.

(It calls to you still.)

{All photos by me of the Fairy Glen near Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland. And despite the use of second person, all of this story is true too. I did drink the water, and I feel its call in my blood.}

Frolic

Some artists possess a talent to remind you that life is not four walls or a grey cube, that it is a vast delicious landscape waiting to be discovered, calling to you in the deepest corners of your dreams at night.

Jasmine Fitzwilliam is one of those. From the moment I met her, that fire was clear. And contagious. (She also has the best hair ever. If I had curls like hers, I’d play with them all day.)

There is a reverence and awe in her photographs. And a sense of whimsy and fun and danger.

It’s easy to find yourself slipping into the scenes she’s captured, whether it’s a long weekend in Palm Springs with friends or a trek into the desert to let the stillness overtake you or a walk in the woods as the afternoon sun is sliding down.

Even in the moments of real life, there is beauty, and I so admire those who can capture it in images like Jasmine can. She tells stories. And the world desperately needs more storytellers like her.

Do you tell your stories with pictures or word? Or maybe a combination of both?

{all photographs property of Jasmine Fitzwilliam, used with permission — and Jasmine does weddings and other shoots too, so if you’re in the market for some magic, she’s an excellent choice}

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Credits

Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.