Photographer Harry Cory Wright explores our fundamental attraction to place, and the very physical process of being in landscape.
His photographs range from the intimate nature of his father's bench beside a stream (Alders) to the stark grandeur of the rock face on the island of Staffa (Dark Cliff). Often it is the very physicality of a place to which Cory Wright is drawn; a feeling for the scale of things, their mass and volume. The vivid and immaculate nature of these large format works convey a real sense of 'being there'.
He often spends several days in each location, becoming engrossed in the natural world around him, familiarising himself with the light, atmosphere, and selecting the perfect vantage point. He draws on Eugène Atget’s matter of fact approach with keen attention to the ambiance of a place and the unique spirit of the location. In a digital age where photographic imagery is widely disseminated and easily captured, he applies a methodical approach using his large and cumbersome view camera. The slow process, restriction of one exposure per scene and meticulous hand printing charge the final work with a sense of hard fought serenity and calm.
In his 2006 series 'Journey Through the British Isles' he travelled extensively across Britain documenting and celebrating the splendour of the countryside and in his 2011 'Place in Mind' series he used his personal experiences of discovering places to investigate collective views of the landscape. His works are a visual expression of a desire to seek out what humanises landscape, what energises it with a sense of the prospect, and ultimately separates it from wilderness.
His work was recently included in 'Landmark: The Fields of Photography' at Somerset House, London (2013) which was curated by William A. Ewing, the noted photographic curator and historian, and also featured work by Darren Almond, Elger Esser, Hirsohi Sugimoto and Thomas Struth amongst others.
Harry Cory Wright was born in 1963. He lives in north Norfolk.