Robert Ormerod

Photographer, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish photographer Robert Ormerod completed a degree in journalism before pursuing photography. He now works on commissions for magazines and pursues long term projects.


The M8 is Scotland’s busiest motorway and one of the busiest in the UK, running between the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Thousands of people commute between the cities every day. Since the motorway’s completion in 1980 many of these towns have been in decline, with the disappearance of local industries like coal mining and traffic almost completely bypassing the towns via the main motorway. I used to travel between the two cities without leaving the motorway, the towns in-between appearing to be little more than indistinct shapes: glimpsed for the briefest of seconds. Houses and people caught in the corner of the eye. Junctions isolated; roads curving off into nothing. Flyovers, exits, place names – amongst them I came across the words “The heart of Scotland” printed on a motorway services sign. I am documenting this place and the small, seemingly forgotten towns which surround it.

Heartlands #3

After a few weeks of driving around and making landscapes I soon felt the need for some human contact. I wanted to meet I was faced with the challenge of…

Robert Ormerod

Heartlands

New projects are born out of a germ of interest, an idea and a yearning to make or create. So after years of travelling between Edinburgh and Glasgow I began to explore…

Robert Ormerod

The M8

The M8 is Scotland’s busiest motorway and one of the busiest in the UK, running between the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Thousands of people commute…

Robert Ormerod