I have been using the word-mntn form for the past five years. It is a way to sketch an alignment in the landscape and, by returning the name and translation to their home patch, understand better where I am. My access to the hills is limited. Searching out the given names of the horizon approaches by eye where my feet won’t reach.

These aren’t ‘photographs’ and I am not a photographer; they are words placed briefly in the landscape – I have all of the labels archived. The translations are my own; most are discussed in other blogs, and the forthcoming book will give more detail, including conventional translations. The word-mntn are my research and some of versions of the names have subsequently been updated.

Craig Leek, Rockslab Crag

Creag Giubhais, Scots Pine Crag

Morrone, Big Snout

Creag na Spaine, Spoon Crag

Creag Phiobaidh, Pipers Crag

An Sgaoileach, The Unfurling

Ben Avon, Her Shining Mountain

Ben Gulabin, Beak Ben

Conchraig, Rock Collage


Leac Gorm, Bluey Slab

Little Pap, Wee Tit

Sron a' Bhruic, Badgers Snout

An t-Sron, The Snout

Craig Nordie, Orders Crag 

The Strone, The Neb

Creag Choinnich, Kenneths Crag

Ben Earb, Roedeer Ben

Glas Maol, Greeny Hill

Beinn na Chiocan, Wee Pap Ben

Culardoch, Great Back

Morrone, Big Snout

Brown Cow Hill

 Craig Leek, Rockslab Crag

AF labeling by the Ey Burn, Hannah Devereux, 2015

Gathering was commissioned by Hauser & Wirth, for the Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar; the project was launched in 2015 and will conclude in 2018.

The artist residency at University of Aberdeen is funded by The Leverhulme Trust; the project was launched in July 2016 and will conclude May 2017.