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Blipfoto co-founder conducts Indyref Scottish voting booth photography race from Wick to Edinburgh


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

September 18, 2014 | 2 min read

One man, one camera, a 300-mile journey from Wick to Edinburgh - and a mission to snap as many of Scotland's polling stations as humanly possible on the journey.

Graham Maclachlan, co-founder of photo-streaming site Blipfoto, took a road-trip on Thursday, shooting some of Scotland’s busiest polling stations on the day of the Scottish independence referendum.

Maclachlan took the time to visit some of the Highlands' most iconic towns and villages from the frozen peaks of Aviemore to the historic battleground of Culloden to capture on film the country in the midst of it making its biggest ever democratic decision in the history of the union.

The first stop was naturally the town of Wick at the tip of Scotland, with Graham starting at the crack of dawn.

Before most people had their breakfast, Graham had travelled halfway towards Inverness, stopping at Helmsdale.

Throughout the morning there was an eerie mist Graham described as 'Dickensian'. Nonetheless, he continued south stopping next at Golspie.

It was just after midday when Graham reached the historical town of Culloden. Allegedly, here over 75 per cent of the electorate had already had their say. The streets were getting busier, and the characteristicly Scottish mist was clearing.

Next was the ski-town of Aviemore which Graham described "getting rowdier'. The question remained, will the snowballing support for the Yes campaign in its final weeks grasp the election?

Next was Blair Atholl. Road fatigue was reportedly setting in.

After visiting 10 different polling stations, he was notably getting tired, finally ready for the final sprint home to Edinburgh where he could file his own all-important vote.

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