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Documenting Scotland

  • On the Berwickshire Coastal Path, 2013, from the series, 'A Fine Line' © Colin McPherson/Impressions Gallery

    On the Berwickshire Coastal Path, 2013, from the series, 'A Fine Line' © Colin McPherson/Impressions Gallery

  • Blackfaced ewes with wind turbines at Patricia's farm, Lauder, the Scottish Borders, January 2013. From the series 'Drawn To The Land' © Sophie Gerrard/Impressions Gallery

    Blackfaced ewes with wind turbines at Patricia's farm, Lauder, the Scottish Borders, January 2013. From the series 'Drawn To The Land' © Sophie Gerrard/Impressions Gallery

  • Hollen and Chase MacKinnon, from the Clan MacKinnon, Seaside Highland Games, Ventura, California, 2012. From the series 'American Always Scottish Forever' © Stephen McLaren/Impressions Gallery

    Hollen and Chase MacKinnon, from the Clan MacKinnon, Seaside Highland Games, Ventura, California, 2012. From the series 'American Always Scottish Forever' © Stephen McLaren/Impressions Gallery

  • From the series Edge of an Empire. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Impressions Gallery

    From the series Edge of an Empire. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Impressions Gallery

Four Scottish photographers share their vision of Scotland ahead of the Scottish Independence Referendum this month

On 18 September the Scottish Independence Referendum takes place, and it looks like it will be a close call. Bradford’s Impressions Gallery is marking the moment with an exhibition called Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland, featuring images shot by photography collective, Document Scotland.

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Document Scotland is made up of four Scottish photographers – Sophie Gerrard, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Stephen McLaren and Colin McPherson – and their work deals with Scottish issues and identities in some unexpected ways.

Gerrard’s images, from the series Drawn to the Land, look at women who work the land in Scotland, from Highland crofters to Lowland farmers; McLaren’s project, American Always, Scottish Forever, depicts one strand of the Scottish diaspora, attending California’s burgeoning Highland Games season. Sutton-Hibbert’s Edge of an Empire follows the Antonine Wall, the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire as the wall crosses through central Scotland; McPherson’s A Fine Line follows the border between Scotland and England.

Document Scotland formed in 2012, and aims to keep going after the referendum, whichever way the vote goes. “We share a common vision to witness and photograph the important and diverse stories within Scotland, and to promote and support photography in Scotland,” says Gerrard.

The exhibition is on show until 27 September. Document Scotland has also produced a self-published book called Common Ground featuring work from the Beyond The Border, new work and an essay by Impressions Gallery curator, Anne McNeill.

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