|Written by Sophie Gerrard|
|02 Nov 2012|
The vast shifting dunes at Foveran Links, Menie, were once one of the few remaining examples of true wilderness in the UK. This dynamic landscape, a wonder of the world, has, however, been stabalised and sterilised, bulldozed and flattened into “The greatest golf course in the world” according to it's architect of destruction, Donald Trump.
The Dunes photographic project I have been working on these past years presents an intimate portrait of the vulnerable community and landscape on the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire. The residents speak not only of the ecological, environmental and political impact this controversial development has had on their unique and fragile land, but also of the deep personal and emotional scars left on their community as they are bullied and beaten into submission.
Sophie Gerrard, 2012
These dunes are the jewels in the crown of our national identity. The equivalent of our rainforests, once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Dr Jim Hansom, Geomorphologist, University of Glasgow