While first-time visitors to Scotland tend to see only quaint villages, castles (in various stages of disrepair), distilleries, mountains, golf courses and lots of sheep, Sterling’s story provides an in-depth look at the country.
He will take viewers to a pipe band contest, a sheep dog trial, a weaver of tartans, a hunting/fishing estate, seabird colonies, the home of magnificent red deer stags and the remains of the 73-mile-long wall that the Roman Emperor Hadrian had built to exclude the Picts (now known as Scotsmen) from his empire.
Sterling, a resident of Crestwood, Ky., was born in Jackson, Mich., and spent much of his boyhood exploring and enjoying the wondrous outdoor world of the Great Lakes region. Following high school he worked for a summer at Yellowstone National Park.
A growing desire to travel led to five years with the Air Force and sojourns in Texas, Illinois, Idaho and Alaska. A wish to record his journeys prompted a new interest – photography.
He later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. The favorable reaction to a film, made for one of his classes, persuaded him to try travel/adventure film production as a career.
An award-winning cinematographer, he has produced several tour films and specials for the Canadian Broadcasting Company, PBS and the Discovery Channel. His travelogues have been seen in more than 80 countries around the world, and he has done in excess of 12,000 presentations.