In the far, far north and west

More from my ongoing Scotland work, this time in the far north and west highlands and islands.

The Summer Isles from Achiltibuie…

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Drying the peat for winter fuel, Isle of South Uist…easton_south_uist_01An older image – ‘Storm approaching Sandwood Bay’…
easton_sandwood_01 One of my favourite landscapes in the world – the mountains of Assynt in the North West Highlands…easton_nw_highlands_04 easton_nw_highlands_03 easton_nw_highlands_02 easton_nw_highlands_01 The wonderful ceramicist Lotte Glob in Durness, her sculpture croft is a gem in this far flung outpost….easton_lotte_glob_durnessThe Knoydart peninsula….
easton_knoydart_01 The Paps of Jura, seen from the Isle of Colonsay….easton_isle_of_jura_01The Isle of Barra….
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Douze heures du Tour

With all the Tour de France fever that gripped the UK over the weekend, we just had to join in.

Here it is – 12 hours on Cragg Vale nr Hebden Bridge – all for ten seconds of bike racing….

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The Scottish Referendum Project

On September 18th 2014, the people of Scotland will decide whether they want to break away from the UK and become an independent nation. The Union of England and Scotland has been in effect since 1707 when the two separate countries joined together to form Great Britain. This will be the first time the people of Scotland will vote on full independence from the UK. It is also the first time that 16 and 17 year olds will be given a right to vote in a UK election.

Being Scottish, but living in England I don’t get to vote on what is potentially the break up of the UK.  Of course, I can see both sides of the argument and so in an effort to understand more, I’ve been spending some time in Scotland shooting a series of large format photographs of young people born on 18th September 1998. They will celebrate their 16th birthday on the day of the referendum and so will be the youngest people to cast their ballot. It could be argued that being the youngest they also have the most at stake in the future of their country. They are old enough to vote on the breakup of the UK, but too young to consent to having their photograph taken, to young to drive a car, to drink alcohol or to get married. My aim is to give each of these young people a direct voice in the debate without the barrier of a journalists questions or interpretation. Each portrait is accompanied by a hand written text explaining whether the person is voting ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ and their reasons why. I was deeply impressed with all of the young people I spoke to and found them well informed and engaged in the debate, although more than one said to me that they felt it was too much of a responsibility for them to take on when they didn’t have, and felt they couldn’t know, all the facts and implications of full independence for Scotland. Thanks to all for taking part – democracy and political debate is alive and well in the next generation.

Here’s the first few….

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cars ‘n’ bikes

Just back from a little sojourn in France….saw these lovely bottoms sticking out in Lacapelle Biron. Image

and then around the corner….

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and after all the Scooters recently….here’s a Harley Davidson Fat Boy in Manhattan….

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International Color Awards

Good News this morning from The International Color Awards in Los Angeles….

Winner ‘Honor of Distinction’ in the Portraits category for my image of ‘Charley’ from the series ‘Rockabilly Nights’ plus ‘Honorable Mentions’ for three further photographs in the Americana and Sports categories.

I’ll have to watch myself with all the u’s missing from ‘color’ and ‘honor’ – might turn into an American!

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shouldn’t forget two other nominations (‘portraits’ and ‘people’) for the Scooter Club…

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China revisited

I’ve just added a new portfolio of images shot in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai to the website at www.craigeaston.com

Here’s a taster….

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Life’s a Beach

Been working on some large format exhibition prints of new work around the British Coast. Here’s a little taster…..

Broughty Ferry near Dundee, The Isle of Man and  St Ives, Cornwall (from the cafe at the Tate)