Black Dots

Nicholas J R White

2015 - 2017

United Kingdom

Far from civilisation and mostly accessible only by foot, bothies are secluded mountain shelters scattered across the British Isles and tirelessly maintained by volunteers from the Mountain Bothies Association. Unlocked and free to use, they provide a refuge from the vast terrain that surrounds them and have become an iconic feature of the British landscape over the past fifty years. Bothies are synonymous with the outdoor experience in the UK and from day trippers to mountaineers, the growing community of bothy-users is hugely diverse.

‘Black Dots’ is the result of almost three years spent traversing our most remote landscapes in an attempt to better understand what these buildings are, where they’re located and the culture that surrounds them. Drawn not only by the primitive beauty of the bothies and the landscapes they sit within, the work also investigates the human element to the bothy story, capturing the faces of those who trek for hours to temporarily inhabit these spaces, many miles from the nearest settlements.

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  • Corrour Bothy and The Devil's Point, The Cairngorms, Scotland

  • Sandy's Canoe at Peanmeanach, Ardnish Peninsula, Scotland

  • Giles at Camasunary Bothy, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  • Fisherfield Six Route, Shenavall Bothy, Scotland

  • John at Strabeg, Northern Highlands, Scotland

  • Assorted Items, Dulyn Bothy, Snowdonia National Park, Wales

  • Trev at Penrhos Isaf, Snowdonia National Park, Wales

  • Glendhu Bothy, Northern Highlands, Scotland

  • Shenavall and The Great Wilderness, Scotland

  • Outbuilding at Penrhos Isaf, Snowdonia National Park, Wales

  • Inside Mosedale Cottage, The Lake District (Eastern Fells), Englad

  • Hannes and Lorenz at the Hutchinson Memorial Hut, The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

  • Wainhope Bothy, Kielder Forest Park, England

  • Sandy at Peanmeanach Bothy, Ardnish Peninsula, Scotland

  • Inside Warnscale, The Lake District, England

  • Dulyn Bothy and Craig Y Dulyn, Snowdonia, Wales

  • William at Corrour Bothy, The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

  • Inside Nant Rhys, Central Wales

  • Mosedale Cottage, The Lake District (Eastern Fells), Englad

  • Glencoul, Northern Highlands, Scotland

  • Achnanclach, Northern Highlands, Scotland

  • Taigh Thormoid Dhuibh, Raasay, Scotland

  • Warnscale Head and Haystacks, The Lake District, England

  • Lyndsay at Ryvoan, The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

  • The Lookout Bothy, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  • Greg's Hut, The Pennines, England

  • Inside Wainhope Bothy, Kielder Forest Park, England

  • Adam at Camasunary, Isle of Skye. Scotland

  • Strabeg, Northern Highlands, Scotland

  • Ryvoan, Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

  • Jake at Kearvaig Bothy, Cape Wrath, Scotland

  • Hutchinson Memorial Hut, The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland

  • David at Kearvaig Bothy, Cape Wrath, Scotland


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