The Scottish Independence Referendum 2014
And so it was the day of the Referendum. Together with Pia (Dagens Nyheter’s London Correspondent) we decided rather than to photograph people voting in one of the cities we would follow someone in a quintessential Scottish village. The choice fell to the beautiful village of Braemar in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. We arranged to meet with villager David Geddes who is the President of the annual Highland Games held in Braemar and attended by the Queen & other members of the Royal Family. The Queen’s Scottish residence Balmoral lies just 7km from Braemar and it was outside the local church where she reportedly told a well-wisher in the crowd: “Well, I hope people will think very carefully about the future”.
David was delightful. I photographed him as he got ready and dressed in his grandfathers kilt which he wears on special occasions. He was born and has lived in the village all his life, he chatted with many of the locals on the way to the polling station held in the Village Hall “I hope you have done you duty” he said smiling to all those he met.
I felt the images worked well … unfortunately the main picture of him at the voting booth in the hall could not be taken as photography was not allowed.