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 developer, Donald Trump.
"The Dunes" 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 (Scottish, b.1978) is an award winning documentary photographer specialising in contemporary environmental and social issues.
Sophie began her career in environmental sciences before studying photograophy at Edinburgh College of Art and completing an MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at The London College of Communication in 2006.
Sophie’s first major project E-Wasteland won a Jerwood Photography Award, a Magenta Award for emerging artists and was exhibited and published widely in the UK and overseas. Since then Sophie has spent a great deal of time working and photographing in India for NGOs, editorial clients and on personal projects.
Currently based in the UK, Sophie’s work has been published by clients including The Telegraph Saturday Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Independent on Sunday, Portfolio Magazine, Foto8, Greenpeace International, Scotland on Sunday and Geographical Magazine. Sophie’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is now held in the Sir Elton John Photography Collection.
Sophie is represented by The Photographers’ Gallery and Eyevine in London.
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