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In pictures: The long road from Scotland to Russia

Roads down a hill Image copyright James Parker

How long does it take to drive from Scotland to Russia? James Parker took his camera and found out by driving 9,898 miles in a classic 1972 Morris Minor, raising money for charity on the way.

Passing through 19 countries, across three deserts and over two seas, Parker spent 53 days on the road.

He particularly focused on capturing male subjects, wanting to find out if gender expectations changed from the West to East.

A man with a horse Image copyright James Parker
A boy cycles down a dirt track Image copyright James Parker

On his journey, Parker realised: "I was being quite reflective with who I was photographing... I was focusing on situations that I recognised myself in."

As a result, many of his subjects are young men like himself. He bonded with them over their transportation, "the bike being a universal object that no language barrier detracts from using."

Boys sit on their bikes Image copyright James Parker
A dog lies in the shade of a car Image copyright James Parker
Men sit in a blue lorry Image copyright James Parker
Morris Minor Image copyright James Parker

Driving such an unusual car was also often a benefit.

"We would stop for a rest and to stretch the legs, next thing we knew, coffee sprung out from nowhere," he remembered.

"Ten 'mechanics' turned up, the bonnet was open and it was like a Formula 1 pit crew... albeit with a few more bellies!"

Three men stand with a melon Image copyright James Parker
A car on a road at dusk Image copyright James Parker
A man stands in his garden Image copyright James Parker

The journey had many highlights for Parker, although he soon realised that driving for up to 10 hours a day could be extremely tiring.

Another struggle he encountered was finding fuel and food in remote places.

Furthermore, they were stopped by the police regularly, although he said: "Our lowest bribe was a couple of smokes and a handshake."

Two boys sit on a ledge Image copyright James Parker
A man stands on a building site Image copyright James Parker
A puddle of water and cars Image copyright James Parker

Despite this, "camping under the stars in the Gobi Desert, getting lost in Istanbul during the attempted coup," as well as "riding a hot air balloon over Cappadocia (Central Anatolia) during the sunrise" were particularly memorable.

Plus - the car never got a puncture.

Horses run along the desert Image copyright James Parker

All photographs by James Parker.

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