"• You are here" Scotland, 2012


One morning in the first days of May I arrived at Glasgow Airport on a plane from Berlin. It was cold and windy - as expected. I took the bus to Central Station and continued my journey on a train to Aberdeen where I was lucky to catch the last bus to Peterhead. Evening had come, and I had arrived. Although I had lived in Scotland for more than two years it felt as if I had made it to the end of the world.

One evening my friend Elise and I went for a walk along the coast, just a few minutes away from her parents' house. An incredible view unfolded before my eyes - the dark sea, the green hills, small lochs and burns scattered everywhere. Light broke through the clouds and lit up the landscape in a breathtaking moment. It looked unreal, almost like a film set. Living in a big city, I had seldomly witnessed before such a powerful visual expression of nature. Elise said: 'This is where I spent my childhood.'

My friendship with Elise began in Edinburgh, but now I was getting to know her first home, the place that would always remain a part of her soul - just like I am carrying my home Minsk within me, the Belarusian capital that has so little in common with this small coastal town. I tried to imagine what would be the view just a few minutes away from my own parents' house, and wondered: How does one live here in Peterhead? Who are the people, and how will they respond when they meet me?

The work I made in Peterhead is called 'you are here' - this sentence marks the spot on local maps where one finds oneself while looking at this very map. It is not easy to find one's own position in an unknown place. This is how I felt in Peterhead: I was there, but I didn't know where I was.

And then it was nevertheless easy to get to know Peterhead - a coastal town like others, in Germany, or Lithuania, or elsewhere. Sure, there were certain customary rules - this is what you do, this is what you don't do in this community. People seemed to look for happiness in simple and familiar activities: the women knitting sweaters and making marmalade, the men discussing football and drinking beer. The timetable at the bus stop indicates that the bus does not come very often. But I was told that it is always on time. Everything here works well but slowly, without haste.

In my memory Peterhead is blessed with abundant free space - a feeling enforced by the never stopping wind, keeping the wide sky above me in constant motion.
Kate Leech, 42 / Fish Filleter

Kate has been filleting fish all her life since the age of 16.
Filleting fish can be hard work. You can work from 6am to 6pm. She generally starts at 8am in this place.

Kate is a tattoo artist.
She has three children and four grandchildren. She spend a lot money for babysitters otherdays.
Frances Innes / Artist

Her sister and daughter paint too.

She likes picking mushrooms with her husband; its not so common by a scottisch people, so before - Eastern European came here, there was many mushrooms places, now we have to look longer, because its very popular by - Eastern European to picking mushrooms.
11A Peterhead Gaming Club - Meethill Peterhead

11A Peterhead Gaming Club - Meethill Peterhead

Some teanagers who are not part of the club doing vandalism. Last week they burned the door. We donít know why they do this. Probably they donít know what else they should do and they are annoyed that we are doing something and that we are a groupe. We are nice to them, we always alow them to use toilets and sell them snaks..
Martin Simpson, 34 / West End Butchers

A friend of his fathers owned the butcher. He was 13 years old when he started here. Martin was a message boy, delivered on his bike.
He has been working 21 years in the West End Butchers.
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Danielle Marsten, 18

She dreams to be a model.
She would probably have to travel to Edinburgh.
She once did catalogue shoots in Aberdeen.
Louise Coutts, 70

She has been coming to the Peterhead Old Parish Church all her life and her mother and grandmother before.
Peterhead Sea Cadets
Craig and Liam Homewood, 16 / Peterhead Sea Cadets

They have been in the Sea Cadets for almost 6.5 years.
They do the Sea Cadets and not much else.
They donít like football.
In their free-time they like to go sailing.

They fight all the time - they bring their mum down.
No idea what they fight about - just bickering since they were little.
They are always trying to get one up on each other.

Craig and Liam Homewood, 16 / Peterhead Sea Cadets

They are not Ďfriendsí but they have the same friends.
Liam - is much more sarcastic.

They like the same music.
Liam buys the music - Craig listens to it.

They are not interested in the same girls.
Girls normally donít like Craigís hair.
But Generylly everyone likes Craig more.
Mike Innes / ex-teacher at Buchanhaven School but is also a naturalist.

Since 1975, he counts sea birds every morning for 2 hours.
In 10 years, he never missed a day.
To record the information he sits in a car at Roanheads.
He goes at 5 am.
Mike Innes place
Michael Gordon, 22

This is saturday morning and Michael washing his motorbike in the close of his fatherís house.
He works on the oil rigs. It is hard work but good money. Soon he is moving away to Norfolk, England. Its nothing in Peterhead to do for his young daughter and the weather is also not good.
Place to music for Raw Stereo Band
Chloe, 14 / Singer at Raw Stereo Band

Chloe was 11 when she started singing and playing guitar.
This is her everyday hairstyle.
Peterhead Fire Station
Peterhead Fire Station
Callum McRobbie, 47 / Peterhead Fire Station
Ray Allan Bakers
Ray Allan Bakers

Small bakeries are suffering, since the day the big supermarkets opened.
Craig Watson, 49 / Singer and bass guitar player.

The music is not heavy metal although that is what people might expect by looking at Craig: its Very pop, like Depeche Mode, Erasure - synthesizer music.

He has been in England for about 25 years and has only recently come back.
He has been back for two years.
Bloody cold to be back.
He left Peterhead when he was 23 and came back when he was 47.
In all these years Peterhead has not changed so much.
Just a lot more foreign people here and the fishing industry has declined - it used to be a massive port in Europe - one of the biggest.
Buchanhaven School
Buchanhaven School
Buchanhaven School
Sean Lawrence, 13 / Peterhead Sea Cadets

His grandad was in the navy and he was keen on coming to the Sea Cadets.

Sean is 6ft tall - 2 metres.
He likes to play football, rugby and golf.
When he leaves school he would like to be a pilot, a skipper or captain of a supply vessel.