The Border Walks is a two-part documentary photographic project, in which Giulietta Verdon-Roe walked and photographed the entire length of the two English borders of the United Kingdom on her own, traversing over 430 miles to do so.
Scotland/England’s border was walked in September 2014, during the Scottish referendum, covering over 170 miles.
Capturing the landscape, Verdon-Roe explored the essence of the reality of the physical ground in which this imaginary and arbitrary line exists, she also did this during an upheaval of the significance of what this border could become, or is, to the people of Scotland and England.
The resulting images are of course a document of the physical landscape, but are also a clear representation of the bleakness and wildness of much of the border. Whilst seeing the series as a whole, can often raise questions and trigger discussions of what Borders mean today both socially and politically within the United Kingdom.
The Welsh/English border was walked by Verdon-Roe the following year, in 2015, choosing the same month of September for consistency of feel and approach. Over 260 miles of the border was covered.
The images can now be seen in conjunction to each other, bringing together different regions of the United Kingdom under one visible format, which is tangible and comparable.
Together as a wider project they form an overview of the physical geography of the UK and through this, social and political issues can be raised; from land-use change in Wales/England and what this may mean in the years to come for communities and farmers, to the divide of bog and marsh of Scotland/England’s borders, with the potential for yet more referendums and what this will mean for the future of the UK.