Looking over the border

Fareweel to a’ oor Scottish fame
Fareweel oor ancient glory
Fareweel even tae oor Scottish name
Sae famed in martial story
Noo Sark runs o’er the Solway sands
Tweed runs tae the ocean
Tae mark where
England’s province stands
Such a parcel o’ rogues in a nation

– Robert Burns, 1791

Exactly two years ago, I embarked on a 12-month journey to trace Scotland’s border with England. The result was A Fine Line.

Starting in the frontier town of Gretna, separated from England by the tiny river Sark, I followed a meandering series of paths, tracks and roads and over the next year drifted from west to east, finally ending my journey at the North Sea, a few miles north of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The purpose was part-documentary, part self-discovery: I wanted to explore my identity as a Scot exiled in England through photography and with the referendum on Scottish Independence on the horizon, it seemed to be the perfect time for such a project.

My travels took me to towns and villages, moorland and hilltops. I photographed people I encountered along the way and events which make up the fabric of life on the border. I researched my trips, looking at the geography, history and topography of my destinations, but beyond that, I left it to my mind and eyes to wander across the stunning landscapes and ancient settlements. The only restriction I placed on myself was that all the images should be ‘made in Scotland’.

Shooting everything on a single, medium-format film camera allowed me to focus on the content of the images without the distraction of choices of different lenses. The result was a fusion of documentary, portraiture and landscape photography which was put together to reflect my personal experiences and points-of-view.

The first phase of the project initially appeared in our debut Seeing Ourselves exhibition in 2013 at Fotospace. On the strength of that work, Anne MacNeill, curator of Impressions Gallery, encouraged me to keep the project going, to which end it was displayed as part of our Beyond the Border show in Bradford last summer.

As the debate and discussion around Scotland’s ongoing relationship with her bigger, more powerful neighbour continues through the ballot boxes at Westminster and Holyrood, I envisage retuning to the border lands some time soon and rediscovering the people and places of this unique habitat.

© Colin McPherson, 2013, all rights reserved.
‘Welcome to Scotland, 2013.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2013, all rights reserved.
‘Married Couple, Gretna, 2013.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2013, all rights reserved.
‘Solway Firth, 2013.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2013, all rights reserved.
‘Wedding, Gretna Green, 2013.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2013, all rights reserved.
‘Rod Stewart, Gretna, 2013.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2013, all rights reserved.
‘Burial Ground, Canonbie, 2013.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2013, all rights reserved.
‘The Holm Show, 2013.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2013, all rights reserved.
‘Site of the Battle of Redeswire, 2013.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2013, all rights reserved.
‘Salmon Nets, Paxton House, 2013.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2014, all rights reserved.
‘Woman with a Union Jack Bag, Town Yetholm, 2014.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2014, all rights reserved.
‘Berwickshire Coastal Park, 2014.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.
© Colin McPherson, 2014, all rights reserved.
‘Inshore Waters, 2014.’ Photograph © Colin McPherson, all rights reserved.

 

 

The Scottish Independence Referendum

 

Highs, lows, an historical and unforgettable week for Scotland.

Here are some of the images shot by Colin McPherson, Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Stephen McLaren in the lead up to and over the 18th September 2014. The world was watching, and so were we…

 

 

Colin McPherson

(above: Alex Salmond and a supporter take a ‘selfie’, Perth, Scotland image © Colin McPherson 2014, all rights reserved.)

© Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.
A pro-independence gathering in George Square, Glasgow © Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.
The audience cheer as former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP delivers a speech to supporters at a Better Together rally at Community Central Hall, Glasgow © Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.
A musician with flaming bagpipes leads a spontaneous march to mobilise support for a pro-independence vote on the day of the independence referendum, Craigmillar, Edinburgh © Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.
Members of the Protestant Orange Order march through Edinburgh © Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.
Scottish socialist campaigner and former parliamentarian Tommy Sheridan speaking at Shottstown Miners Welfare club in Penicuik, Midlothian © Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.
A pro-independence supporter breaks down in tears outside the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh as the results of the referendum on Scottish independence are announced. © Colin McPherson 2014 all rights reserved.

 

 

Sophie Gerrard

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The media village outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, Edinburgh, on a misty 18th September 2014, the day of the independence referendum. © Sophie Gerrard 2014 all rights reserved.

 

Union Flag and St Andrews Cross fly from a front garden in Argyll, Scotland. © Sophie gerrard 2014 all rights reserved.
The Union Flag and St Andrews Cross fly from a garden in Argyll, Scotland. © Sophie Gerrard 2014 all rights reserved.

 

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The Craxton Family at their local polling station, Edinburgh, 18th September 2014 © Sophie Gerrard 2014 all rights reserved.

 

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Erik Kruse at his local polling station, Edinburgh, 18th September 2014 © Sophie Gerrard 2014 all rights reserved.

 

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A family at their local polling station, Edinburgh, 18th September 2014 © Sophie Gerrard 2014 all rights reserved.

 

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Bruce, Edinburgh, September 2014 © Sophie Gerrard 2014 all rights reserved.

 

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Overseas media report on the results of the independence referendum from outside the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh, 19th September 2014. © Sophie Gerrard 2014 all rights reserved

 

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Being interviewed outside the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh, 19th September 2014. © Sophie Gerrard 2014 all rights reserved

 

 

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

© Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.
Pro-Union No voters argue in the street with pro-Independence Yes voters, in the run up to the referendum in Glasgow, Scotland. © Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.

 

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Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, talking to youths while out campaigning for a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, East End of Glasgow, Scotland © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.
A heated exchange of opinions takes place between pro-Scottish independence supporters and a pro-Union supporter in the run-up to the referendum on Scottish independence in Glasgow, Scotland © Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.
A pro-Union Better Together campaign sticker reading ‘No Thanks’ is affixed to a window alongside a Union Jack flag, Glasgow, Scotland © Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.
Pro-Independence Yes supporters in George Square the day before the Scottish independence referendum, Glasgow, Scotland © Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.
Gordon Brown speaks at a pro-Union event, the day before the Scottish Independence referendum, Glasgow, Scotland © Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.

 

© Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.
Jim Murphy MP, former Secretary of State for Scotland, arrives carrying his soapboxes as he continued his ‘100 towns in 100 days’ tour outside the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland © Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved © Jeremy Sutton Hibbert 2014 all rights reserved.

 

 

Stephen McLaren

© Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.
Bruce Turnbull, of Leith, Edinburgh, salutes after he has cast his vote in the Independence Referendum on 18th September 2014 © Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.

 

© Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.
Men walk on a foggy Calton Hill, a famous Edinburgh landmark, as the polling boots open for the Scottish independence referendum on 18th of September 2014 © Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.

 

© Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.
A young girl standing in front of TV crews as they interview Alex Salmond, in Glasgow during the independence referendum © Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.

 

© Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.
A supporter of the No to Scottish Independence campaign, at a polling place in central Edinburgh © Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.

 

© Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.
Nicola Sturgeon being interviewed in Glasgow for radio during the independence referendum campaign © Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.

 

© Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.
George Square, Glasgow on the night of the independence referendum © Stephen McLaren 2014, all rights reserved.

 

 

This is only a small selection of the work shot by Document Scotland’s 4 photographers on the days surrounding the 18th September 2014. You can see more on each of on our websites and by following these links …

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert on Getty Images

Colin McPherson on Corbis Images

Sophie Gerrard for The Financial Times

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert in TIME

Colin McPherson in The Independent on Sunday

Sophie Gerrard in The Telegraph

Stephen McLaren and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert for Der Spiegel

Colin McPherson in TIME

Sophie Gerrard on Instagram for The Photographers’ Gallery

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert in The Guardian, here, here, and here

Colin McPherson in The Guardian here , here and here

Sophie Gerrard for Le Monde

Colin McPherson for Le Monde

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert and Colin McPherson in Armen Magazine

Colin McPherson in The New Yorker

Photographs were also published in The Daily Record, L’express, Internazionale & Nation

Document Scotland in the British Journal of Photography and again here

Document Scotland on Photomonitor and again here

Document Scotland in The BBC

Yes, No.

Following on from the series of photographs I posted last week, showing people out campaigning either for or against Scottish independence for the referendum which will be held on September 18th this year, I show below some more images from the same series.

I’m intrigued to see portraits of the people for whom their belief and interest in politics and their wish for their country’s destiny is so strong that they volunteer to share newsletters through doors, or go out knocking on doors canvassing for support.

Below are some of those people whom I’ve met so far.

– Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert.

 

Andrene, Better Together campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Andrene, Better Together campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Yes Scotland campaigner, Blantyre, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Yes Scotland campaigner, Blantyre, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Dave, Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Dave, Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Olive and Matt, Better Together campaigners, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Olive and Matt, Better Together campaigners, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Alex, Better Together campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Alex, Better Together campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Patrick, Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Patrick, Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Margaret, Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Margaret, Yes Scotland campaigner, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s photography website can be viewed here, he can be contact via his website, or on Twitter.

 

Yes, No, Mibbee

On September 18th of this year the electorate of Scotland will go to the polls, to answer with a simple, or some may believe not-so-simple Yes or No, the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

I’m intrigued to meet the people who believe so passionately about their answer to that question that they are prepared to brave the best and worst of Scottish weather to take their opinion to their fellow public. Whether it be knocking on doors in a wind swept Blantyre in late evening, or standing on the litter strewn pavements of Partick on a Thursday afternoon, I want to see the campaigning, the soliciting of views, the exchanges of conversation in action. I want to meet the people who come September 19th, whatever the outcome, can wake up and say, “Well, I did my bit.”

– Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

 

Yes Scotland campaigner laughs off the comments from pro-Union passerbys, in Govan, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Yes Scotland campaigner laughs off the comments from pro-Union passerbys, in Govan, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Better Together campaigner Kirk, distributing leaflets in Rutherglen, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Better Together campaigner Kirk, distributing leaflets in Rutherglen, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Better Together campaigner man a stall, near the statue of Donald Dewar in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Better Together campaigner man a stall, near the statue of Donald Dewar in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Yes Scotland campaigners distribute leaflets in Partick, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Yes Scotland campaigners distribute leaflets in Partick, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Yes Scotland campaigner updates his Twitter feed whilst distributing leaflets in Partick, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Yes Scotland campaigner Patrick updates his Twitter feed whilst distributing leaflets in Partick, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Geraldine, a Better Together campaigner distributing leaflets in Rutherglen, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Geraldine, a Better Together campaigner distributing leaflets in Rutherglen, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Better Together campaigners distribute leaflets in Rutherglen, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Better Together campaigners, Richard, Geraldine and Kirk, distribute leaflets in Rutherglen, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Better Together campaigner checks names on the voters role, while distributing leaflets in Rutherglen, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Better Together campaigner Richard checks names on the voters role, while distributing leaflets in Rutherglen, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Margaret and Liz, campaigners for Yes Scotland distribute leaflets in Blantyre, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Margaret and Liz, campaigners for Yes Scotland distribute leaflets in Blantyre, Glasgow. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

Many thanks to the campaigners of Yes Govan, Yes Kelvin, Yes Rutherglen, and Better Together for graciously allowing me to photograph.

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert can be contacted on Twitter.

Click here to see Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert’s website, and more independence referendum images can be seen on his blog.

All images are available to licence from Getty Images.

 

Scotland on the march

Saturday 21st September, 2013: thousands come to march in support of a ‘yes’ vote in next year’s Independence referendum. Edinburgh provides the venue and historic backdrop for this milestone event.

As the crowds gathered in the High Street, so our photographers went to work, capturing the mood and atmosphere of one of the biggest political demonstrations in the Scottish capital city for years. They came from across Scotland and beyond, the ubiquitous kilts and saltires mixing with flags from Sardinia, Catalunya, Flanders and even Venice. At times it looked and felt more like an away day with the Tartan Army, rather than serious political protest. But I guess that’s the way the Scots do it: colour, humour, banter and a wee bit of Braveheart bravado.

As the marchers processed down North Bridge and up to the rallying point on Calton Hill, Edinburgh’s magnificent skyline revealed itself. It was hard to ignore the stunning background, a 360-degree panorama encompassing urban, rural and maritime. The grey, sober wash of the hintergound  contrasted vividly with the pro-Independence foot soldiers. Songs were sung, speeches made, photographs taken.

The skirl of the pipes finally fell silent as the crowds drifted away from Calton Hill at the end of the day. Down on Princes Street, the faithful were swallowed up by shoppers, tourists, hen parties and locals. All that remained were the media, scribbling, filming, editing, filing and recording an historic day.

Participants gather for the march and rally For Scottish Independence, Edinburgh.
©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

An onlooker watches the march as it leaves the High Street, Edinburgh.
Pic © Colin McPherson 2013, all rights reserved.

 

A participant on the march and rally for Scottish Independence waits by Adam Smith’s statue.
© Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

A West Highland terrier on the march in the High Street, Edinburgh.
Pic © Colin McPherson 2013, all rights reserved.

 

Participant in the the march and rally for Scottish Independence, Edinburgh.
© Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

Crowds marching down North Bridge, seen through graffiti.
Pic © Colin McPherson 2013, all rights reserved.

 

Participant in the the march and rally for Scottish Independence, Edinburgh.
© Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

A man on the march with a slogan on his back, North Bridge, Edinburgh.
Pic © Colin McPherson 2013, all rights reserved.

 

Participants in the the march and rally for Scottish Independence, on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
© Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

A woman in the crowd signing during the rally on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
Pic © Colin McPherson 2013, all rights reserved.

 

Participants in the the march and rally for Scottish Independence, Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
© Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

Crowd cheering Alex Salmond’s speech on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
Pic © Colin McPherson 2013, all rights reserved.

 

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