Carnoustie: Privately published, 2017. 159p. oblong decorative cloth. First Edition. Signed by Author. 175th Anniversary History, beautifully designed book, comprehensive history of the first Carnoustie club. Carnoustie golfers are world wide famed, Stewart Maiden, legendary teacher of Bobby Jones was a Carnoustie pro.
"Beautiful scenes deserve to be photographed so that they will be preserved forever in history." Donald Ford.
Donald was born in Linlithgow in 1944 into a sporting family. His father, a veterinary surgeon, won three Scottish caps at cricket, his elder brother Malcolm won nineteen (both were also talented football players) while his mother boasted a Ladies’ Championship victory at Linlithgow Golf Club. It was football which took priority for Donald and in 1964, while halfway through a five year indenture to a firm of Edinburgh Chartered Accountants, he signed for Hearts, playing as an amateur until 1968 when, having passed his CA finals, he signed professional forms with the club.
He subsequently enjoyed a further seven seasons at Tynecastle, winning three League caps and three full Scottish caps (against West Germany, Wales and Czechoslovakia) to add to nine amateur caps and was a member of the Scotland World Cup squad at the finals in 1974. A knee injury brought his football career to an end in 1976. His cricketing career with West Lotihian County blossomed however, and in 1980, during his third year as captain of the club, he was included in Scotland’s first ever Benson & Hedges squad.
Professionally he continued to practise as an accountant in the business he had established in Linlithgow in 1968, he sold his practice in 1991.
With enormous support from his wife Carol and members of the family, he then embarked on a new career in Scottish landscape photography. Working initially from home, using a mobile gallery to take his portfolio around Scotland to find out if it was marketable, the recession of the early 1990s and stiff competition already in the marketplace made survival difficult.
He has gained recognition as one of Scotland’s outstanding photographers of golf courses, including the more modest as well as the household names. Many of his photographs feature in magazines, club brochures, annual handbooks on Scottish Golf, and of course.
His strength of composition and obvious love of Scotland’s kaleidoscopic characteristics are major features of his photography. Never better are they evidenced than in some wonderful shots of early morning light on many of Scotland’s finest links, from his favourite haunts amidst the unique landscape of Assynt, or aboard any of the Hebridean Isles – Inner and Outer – whose fantastic lightscapes turn the west coast into a photographer’s dream.
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Carnoustie: Privately published, 2018. 99p. oblong decorative cloth. First Edition. Signed by Author. 150th Anniversary History, beautifully designed book, comprehensive history of the Dalhousie golf club of Carnoustie. The Dalhousie club was more the Gentlemans club and responsible for bringing the Simpson family to Carnoustie, running the links and more.....
South Queensferry: Donald Ford Images, 2001. 94p. oblong decorative cloth. Superb photography. First Edition. Signed by Author. Unpaginated. Illustrated. A further 40 Scottish golf courses are included, each with an outstanding, high gloss full size photo (10" by 15"). The superb quality of photos are impressive. Also included for each.....
South Queensferry: Donald Ford Images, 2015. 88p. oblong decorative cloth. Superb photography. First Edition. Signed by Author. 88 pages and 88 images as the books title says, Seaside golf, what a bucket list this book makes, enjoyable every single time, flicking through many hidden and unknown course brought to life.....
Scotland: Donald Ford Images, 2010. 136p. oblong decorative cloth. Superb photography. First Edition. Signed by Author. Every Open course and a narrative of each and every Open from 1860 Prestwick through 2010 St. Andrews. Good reference, and the wonderful photography of the author to boot. A beautiful presentation.
Scotland: Donald Ford Images, 2010. NEEDS EDITING 136p. oblong decorative cloth. Superb photography. First Edition. Signed by Author. Every Open course and a narrative of each and every Open from 1860 Prestwick through 2010 St. Andrews. Good reference, and the wonderful photography of the author to boot. A beautiful presentation.....