Posted on December 30, 2016
Posted on June 27, 2016
Amidst all the turmoil surrounding the EU referendum here in the UK last week, I was fortunate to spend a few days up in Scotland continuing my series of large format landscapes.
This time The Upper Tay Valley in and around Crianlarich….
With 04.30 sunrise and sunset at 22.30, they were long days. Thanks to the good folk at the Crianlarich Hotel who looked after me with my odd time keeping!
A pint of the Colonsay Brewery IPA was a welcome treat at the end of the day…
Posted on August 27, 2014
Posted on July 29, 2014
More from my ongoing Scotland work, this time in the far north and west highlands and islands.
The Summer Isles from Achiltibuie…
Drying the peat for winter fuel, Isle of South Uist…An older image – ‘Storm approaching Sandwood Bay’…
One of my favourite landscapes in the world – the mountains of Assynt in the North West Highlands… The wonderful ceramicist Lotte Glob in Durness, her sculpture croft is a gem in this far flung outpost….The Knoydart peninsula….
The Paps of Jura, seen from the Isle of Colonsay….The Isle of Barra….
Posted on June 25, 2014
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….
Posted on April 5, 2014
Posted on February 24, 2014