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  2. A Line Through It (Ongoing):

    We often claim a land to be ‘ours’, ours in the sense it belongs to our nation; it’s our national territory. However, when examined, you can see the land, landscapes and nature of our territories show no allegiance to us or the ideas we impose on them. This is most obvious at a national borderline. The division of the land into two distinct nations either side is absent from the cycles and flows of the natural physical world.

    These images explore the disconnect between the land and our concepts of nation using the English-Scottish borderline. However, I believe any national border could be used. In some images I have photographed nature’s interaction (or lack of it) with the national divide; the way life passes over and through it, the way the elements erode and wear down our markers and symbols. In other images I have placed the two nations’ flags directly into the landscape. I want to put the abstract idea of nation physically in the land. I want to ask the viewer how comfortably the two coexist.

    Nature shows us that our national territories are in constant flux, that the geographical spaces and shapes we align ourselves to so passionately have existed for only a blip in geological time, and that they will disappear again. Ultimately, the interaction I’ve had with these places leaves me asking why we are so moved by these political ideas of nation; ideas that the land and nature show us don’t really exist.

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