Document Scotland – The Ties That Bind Exhibition

Drawn to the Land by Sophie Gerrard

Drawn to the Land by Sophie Gerrard

Document Scotland was formed in 2012 by four Scots-born and internationally acclaimed photographers: Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren. In the last few years Scotland has witnessed an intense period of self-examination that has brought about questions of personal and national identity. Collectively and individually, the four photographers explore particular strands of Scottish culture and heritage.

For The Ties That Bind, they have created four groups of work that consider:

Legacy — Scotland’s role in the slave trade and sugar plantations of Jamaica in the 18th century;
Tradition — the centuries-old celebration of Border towns in the Common Ridings festivals;
Engagement — the devotion and commitment from football supporters in small towns and communities across the country; and
The Land — focusing on contemporary farming through the experiences of six women.
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Together these images create a compelling dialogue about Scotland, its people, diversity and culture, and reveal the subtle nuances that shape a nation’s identity.

Having been born into a farming family with Borders heritage, I was particularly fascinated with The Land and Tradition elements of the exhibition.

Unsullied & Untarnished by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Unsullied & Untarnished by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

More photographs of Document Scotland – The Ties That Bind can be found on Borders Journeys Facebook.

The exhibition runs until 24th April 2016 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh. Admission is free.

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