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Coastal Knowledge

Royston beach at Granton, Edinburgh

This collage expresses my thoughts on shoreline, nature and the ubiquitous litter on our shores. Royston beach in Granton (Edinburgh) is the setting of this scene. My walk started with a feeling of joy, love, gratitude of beautiful scenery, reflection on good things and bad things in life. Nature is a powerful healer and brings positivity and strength in coping with our daily stresses. But then I noticed all the rubbish and my heart sank. What are we doing to our planet? What are we doing to our lives? How will our children children’s cope? Our beaches are sanctuaries. We are all responsible. Will we have the power, and the love for our natural world, to restore nature? Only our love for this planet will make us come to our senses.

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Love will save me
from scattering
my troubled soul

But how will we save
our lives ahead?

We do not see
the blindfold
that we share
that I share

Will we know?
How will I know?
This sanctuary

I see you
ahead we run
until we fall

Will love save us?

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This collage is accompanied by a video poem. The images are framed by the soundtrack ‘Beacon’ produced by Edinburgh based musician and composer Harry Bongo. It captures my feeling of despair and sense of urgency. This video is my journey, the litter recorded in-situ and now framed for all of us to take notice. We need to take action, our future is at stake.

Gina Fierlafijn Reddie (video sound track in collaboration with Harry Bongo)

This page is part of Coastal Knowledge, an online exhibition mapping some of the amazing places on the coast of Scotland.  It includes pictures, memories, artworks, stories and videos submitted by a variety of people including scientists, artists, coastal dwellers, tourists, and community organisations.  We want to share the beauty of the Scottish coast, but also its vital role in the day-to-day lives of people in Scotland- for example, its many industrial roles.

This exhibition is dynamic and ongoing- and we’d love for you to share contributions for it too!  To learn more and submit your own coastal knowledge, visit the main page of the exhibition.

coastal knowledge exhibition