Margaret Soraya

Margaret Soraya outdoorsAbout me

In my studies at University I specialised in Fine Art painting and then onto Photography in the Arts. I have now been a professional photographer for over 15 years and have been awarded the coveted, MPA Travel & Landscape Photographer of the Year for 4 years running along with Scottish Master Photographer of the year 2017.

My work has been published in Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller and many Scottish broadsheets. I have been invited to public speaking engagements throughout Scotland and at major conventions in London.

I’ve always been drawn to quiet places and solitude. I have a great belief in the power of quiet, nature and stillness in the face of increasing noise and constant demand for connectivity.

I am best known for capturing the essence of wild, remote places in Scotland and specialise in taking evocative images of the sea, dramatic open skies and the quiet landscapes of the Outer Hebrides.

My true passion is life inspiring others to follow their path creatively and allowing themselves the time and space within nature to do so. I have a fundamental belief in the power of quiet and peacefulness. Taking time out to immerse and emerge fully restored. I have studied introversion as a positive trait and am dedicated to sharing my thoughts on the power of introverts, particularly in the creative world. Essentially my desire is to use my creative skills to help others.

Margaret and Ute have teamed up to offer new creative retreats for women. Check our programme for updates.

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Using photography as a base for painting

orkney-isles-photography-retreat-6-2-e1556895068745Things I love

I love wild and remote places and am drawn to the incredible landscapes of the Scottish islands. I surf and wild swim all year round – water and the sea is at the heart of all that I do. I adore any sort of creativity that draws you in and creates a feeling of well being – I believe strongly in the power of nature to heal and provide respite from the fast modern day world. I am an advocate for the power of quietness both in terms of place and also in ourselves. I love peaceful landscapes and find calmness even in dramatic and wild places. They inspire my art and make me feel alive.

There is great strength in Quiet, both in nature and in Human kind.

Margaret seated