Jenny is spending a week amidst this beautiful landscape in a small off-grid bothy, designed and built as one of three such structures across Scotland as part of The Bothy Project. Living in such a well-designed structure - which fulfils the necessary most basic needs to create a haven for simpler living - fire for warmth and cooking, shelter from the elements, a safe protected place to sleep - immediately surrounded by such stunning landscape away from the usual lights, bustle and noise of more urban places - drives a great deal of inspiration. A great place to contemplate the role of man-made intervention in the landscape, the relation of people to place and how the meanings and relationships we develop with a place (either individually or as a community) evolve over time, and the way modern digital instant of technologically dependent lifestyles inherently create a different outlook of the world compared to a more grounded experience of place. Plus of course, the immersive and inspiring experience of living within a landscape where you are much more acutely aware of every sound, from the distant rushing of the river to the owls at night, the movement of the heather and tree branches in the wind, and the greater impact the pattern of the light of day and moonlit darkness of night has on what you are able to do.
Jenny is working alongside her brother and musician Ian Humberstone at the bothy to create a primarily analogue photography series, field recordings and documentary film snippets. The result will be a short compiled film aiming to represent both their interpretation of the genius loci of this particular place, but also their subjective and contextual experience of their week.
More on the blog soon!