A person in Scotland is never more than 45 miles from the sea. Whilst seldom dipping their bodies in the waters, people who live and work in this Northern country often have water on their minds. Their literature, music and theatre echo it, ‘so potent a source of inspiration and imagination through the centuries’. Their images depict it. To investigate a potential distinctiveness of Scottish paintings, this research project is therefore examining the fundamentals of their geography – the space, place and location of what the artist was responding to.
Photographer: Joseph Boyd