On September 18th 2014, the people of Scotland went to the polls to decide whether to break away from the UK and become an independent nation. The Union of England and Scotland has been in effect since 1707 when the two separate countries joined together to form Great Britain. This will be the first time the people of Scotland will vote on full Independence from the UK.
It is also the first time that 16 and 17 year olds were given a right to vote in a UK election.
This series of photographs shows young people of Scotland born on 18th September 1998 at home all around the country. They celebrated their 16th birthday on the day of the referendum and so were the youngest people to cast their ballot. It could be argued that being the youngest they also had the most at stake in the future of their country.
They were old enough to vote on the breakup of the UK, but too young to consent to having their photograph taken, to young to drive a car, to drink alcohol or to get married.
My aim was to give each of these young people a direct voice in the debate without the barrier of a journalists questions or interpretation. Each portrait is accompanied by a hand written text explaining whether the person intended to vote ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ and their reasons why.