African animals come to Scotland for charity book

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ELEPHANTS, hippos and gorillas may not be native to the Highlands, but now you can see what they might look like against a Scottish backdrop thanks to a new book by an award-winning Scottish photographer.

Translocation is the latest project from Glasgow-born George Logan, winner of numerous international photography awards. Logan snapped the African giants while on shoots in Botswana, Namibia, Tazmania, Kenya and South Africa.

Picture: George Logan

Picture: George Logan

He then travelled across Scotland, from the Borders to Skye and Ardnamurchan, to take the landscape photographs into which the animals were inserted.

The results are intriguing and often hilarious - the book features elephants marching back to dry land from Cramond Island, warthogs wandering down a Queensferry street, and a pair of bears floating in a fishing boat across Loch Lomond.

Logan explained that the project was a small way of living out a childhood dream. He said: “As a boy I’d tell tall tales to classmates and claim that I’d been raised on an African farm, surrounded by all sorts of exotic

wildlife. It had me imagining how these creatures would appear in the rural Scottish landscapes I was familiar with.

Picture: George Logan

Picture: George Logan

“This project has allowed me to explore those early fantasies.”

Translocation is being sold in aid of the Born Free Foundation, with all proceeds going to the Foundation’s conservation centre in Ensessakotteh, Ethiopia.

The Foundation’s founder, actress and star of the original Born Free film Virginia McKenna OBE, said: “There are many wonderful wildlife photographers, but George’s images are amongst the most intriguing, thought-provoking and original.”

• More information on the book can be found at http://www.translocationbook.com/