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    For me, standing on a national borderline is an ideal position to consider concepts like nation and national identity. There’s a lovely awareness of reality as you sense the tension between these abstract ideas and nature. The abrupt national division and its stark exclusivity feel out of place and disconnected from the landscape. Rather than complementing such notions, life and the flux of nature appear to be constantly questioning, contradicting and undermining them. Nation’s seemingly innate character struggles on the border. In this body of work I’ve taken and created images that explore the tension and disjuncture I sense in such border places. I’ve used the English-Scottish borderline as a vehicle to do so.

    All of the images contain the borderline. I’ve photographed the various features and places the border’s pegged to, imagining the political division running through them. In some images I’ve experimented by inserting the respective nations’ flags onto their side of the borderline. The photographic template of an empty place embedded with meaning or memory seemed too subtle at times. On a map, in symbolism and on our passports, nation feels much more abrupt. I wanted to bring this abstract concept into reality and consider its presence visually in the landscape. Alongside nature I wanted to see how well it sits.

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