Scotland's female farmers: Custodians of the land

Published 1541 GMT (2341 HKT) September 9, 2016
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Scottish farmer Sarah Boden poses for a photo at her farm -- the Sandamhor Farm -- on the Isle of Eigg. She is one of six women photographed by Sophie Gerrard. Sophie Gerrard
Shears and other tools stored on a wooden wall at Brackley Farm, located in the Scottish village of Dalmally in Argyll and Bute. Sophie Gerrard
After living in London, Gerrard returned to her native Scotland with a sense of nostalgia. She wanted to explore the landscape and understand the people responsible for maintaining it. Sophie Gerrard
Sybil MacPherson shears an animal on Brackley Farm. Sophie Gerrard
Lorraine Luescher comes from a long line of Scottish farmers. Seen here is her father's compass. Sophie Gerrard
"When I am in this environment, I feel very insignificant," Luescher told Gerrard. "I feel I am part of something much bigger. I'm just here for a very short time and it's the opposite of feeling in any way that I have power over the land." Sophie Gerrard
Pink buckets on Mary McCall-Smith's Connachan Farm in Crieff. Sophie Gerrard
McCall-Smith told Gerrard she believes she has a moral obligation to leave her land in as good, if not better, condition than it was when she inherited it. Sophie Gerrard
McCall-Smith attends the Dalmally Tup Sale. A tup is a male sheep suitable for breeding. Sophie Gerrard
Minty MacKay's washing line on the Isle of Mull. "It's important that the land is lived on," MacKay told Gerrard. "You need to live there because then one's heart is in it. The land suffers when the heart isn't there." Sophie Gerrard
MacKay looks out a window on the Isle of Mull. Sophie Gerrard
MacPherson with her animals in Dalmally. "There are three mountains on this farm, and they go up over 3,000 feet," she told Gerrard. "The sheep go up into those hills and we won't see them until the summer." Sophie Gerrard