SCOTTISH PATH BUILDERS

Robert Andrew Mercer image 2017

Ordinarily I come across photographers that use walking as a means of making work, so it was exciting to discover a series about those that actually make the paths where people walk. Scottish Path-builders is by Glasgow based photographer Robert Andrew Mercer, and documents the building of rural pathways in the scottish mountains. 

Robert Andrew Mercer image 2017

I briefly got the chance to talk to Robert about his project….

“I have been working with these guys for around 5 years, I also help them to build the paths. I get to see and document them from an inside point of view, and they’ve accepted me as one of their own. We live in remote places as a team, and I photograph them during and after working hours. I’ve made a huge body of work with them, and it all revolves around the subject of making paths for people to walk safely – with a philosophy of protecting the fragile ecosystems of mountain country in Scotland. It’s been a difficult project in some respects, but in many respects it’s been a rewarding one. Perhaps a lifelong project…”

Robert Andrew Mercer image 2017

Robert Andrew Mercer image 2017

Robert Andrew Mercer image 2017

I cant wait to see more of the work, but in the meantime you can visit Roberts website here.

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