Lucy and Jackson

Lucy and Jackson

About the project

Historic Environment Scotland is a charity and public body leading the way in protecting, understanding and sharing Scotland’s historic environment, now and in the future for the benefit of everyone. HES asked McAteer Photo to collaborate with them on a really interesting project and create both a collection of images and a library of voices.

 

When we think of our historic environment in a Scottish context, it’s natural to picture popular places of interest such as the rolling hills of Glencoe or the majesty of Edinburgh Castle but actually the historic environment is everything that has been made or created over time, be it a building, a garden, an object, a book or even a song or a piece of music as well as the castles and the landscapes.  But rather than telling people why it’s important, HES have been asking people what is important and why, to help them shape their plans for the future.

 

We were tasked with sourcing regular people of all ages from all walks of life across Scotland and record their stories in pictures and sound: their honest thoughts, opinions and ideas about what the historic environment means to them and how it touches their lives. We photographed each person in a place that meant something to them – a place they hold dear, whether that be in their home, a place they love to visit or even at work – and were fascinated with their individual take on the subject.  The project took us across Scotland, as far north as the Isle of Lewis and south to The Borders and reminded us of how fortunate we are to live among amazing people in a beautiful country.

 

We show a selection of the 35 strong collection of interesting people and will let HES tell their stories and onions about history and heritage through their corporate plan which is due to be published in the spring of 2019. As they say, if the historic environment belongs to us all, then everyone must have a say in it.

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Leigh and horse | By McAteer Photo

Leigh

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Piotr | By McAteer Photo

Piotr

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Gibson | By McAteer Photo

Gibson

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Callum and Mattie | By McAteer Photo

Callum and Mattie

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Mrs McIver | By McAteer Photo

Mrs McIver and Charlie

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Duncan | By McAteer Photo

Duncan

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Leigh | By McAteer Photo

Leigh

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Derek | By McAteer Photo

Derek

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Ali | By McAteer Photo

Ali

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Bejoy | By McAteer Photo

Bejoy

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Josine and Paul | By McAteer Photo

Josine and Paul

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | John | By McAteer Photo

John

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Beth | By McAteer Photo

Beth and Ollie

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Ian | By McAteer Photo

Ian

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Leah | By McAteer Photo

Leah

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Craig | By McAteer Photo

Craig

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Elsbeth | By McAteer Photo

Elsbeth

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Ida | By McAteer Photo

Ida

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Bill | By McAteer Photo

Bill

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Laura | By McAteer Photo

Laura

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Britney | By McAteer Photo

Britney, Historic Environment Scotland

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Chantal | By McAteer Photo

Chantal, artist

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Bryde | By McAteer Photo

Bryde

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Hamish and Kyle | By McAteer Photo

Hamish and Kyle

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Thomas | By McAteer Photo

Thomas

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Alan | By McAteer Photo

Alan

HES | Historic Environment Scotland | Laura and David | By McAteer Photo

Laura and David

What we did

Project planning
Subject sourcing
Documentary photography
Portrait photography
Documentary interviews and audio recording