100 Weeks

David Cameron and Michael Moore appear on the steps of St. Andrew’s House with Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon for the press photocall, prior to signing the documents to authorise a referendum on Scottish Independence, Edinburgh, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

“In the shade of St. Andrew’s House the press awaited the appearance of, and handshake between, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The cold seeped to the marrow of journalists and photographers, as the police and politician’s aides kept us all behind barriers. With little fanfare, and with the lone shout of one saltire-carrying spectator, the politicians appeared; some smiles, a shake of the hand, all stage left away from the door upon which was written The Scottish Government; the photographers cursed, their intended image abruptly altered; the politicians stood, all looking their separate ways, and then with a few words from Alex Salmond, they turned and headed indoors, to the heat and to sign the historic 30 Clause document which gives the Scottish Government the authority to hold the referendum on Scottish independence. An historic day, marking the beginning of the 100 weeks of political campaigning, but a day which lacked an iconic image.” – Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

 

The television cameras check their white balance colour temperatures, in the press conference room, Edinburgh, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

The television trucks and journalists coffee cups, at St. Andrew’s House, Edinburgh, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

The journalists chat, awaiting First Minister Alex Salmond’s press conference, St. Andrew’s House, Edinburgh, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond addresses the press after his historic meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, in St. Andrew’s House, Edinburgh, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2012, all rights reserved.

 

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Olympics Parade, Glasgow, September 2012

These photographs were taken during the recent Olympics and Para-Olympics homecoming celebration in Glasgow. The theme of the event was celebrating, “Scotland’s Greatest Team”, which seemed a substantially different message to the “Support Team GB” message that had predominated during the Games.

I was interested to find out how onlookers and supporters of the athletes would resolve the tension between those two national and sporting allegiances. I was surprised to find that the Team GB motif, whether shown by flags and mascots or in chants, was still very strong.

It is hard to argue with the assertion that the Olympics has subtly changed the dynamics of the Scottish referendum debate. However, it was also hard to argue with the strength of feeling that was shown for the Scottish athletes who were being celebrated and who gave the parade its energy and passion.

 

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