February 14, 2017


Harry Cory Wright was born in 1963 and lives and works in Norfolk. His work was included in Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House, London (2013) curated by William A. Ewing and also featured work by Darren Almond, Elger Esser, Hirsohi Sugimoto and Thomas Struth amongst others. Solo exhibitions include Six Hour Place, Creake Abbey (2017), Anglia, Eleven (2015), Hey Charlie, Eleven (2013) and Place in Mind, Eleven (2011).

Harry Cory Wright explores our fundamental attraction to place, and the very physical process of being in landscape. The vivid and immaculate nature of these large format photographs 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.

Here is a picture that seems to me to be so thoroughly how the North Sea can transform itself from something grey and dark to the very opposite. In spite of the expanse the water does not feel deep. This is not Atlantic Ocean with all its fresh depth. This is sheets of water on sheets of sand that have the ability to reflect and refract light like nowhere elision the coast. Here we are just before sunrise as the night becomes day and the light grows pink in its transition. My friend Matt had just introduced me to finding Jet on the beach; small light pieces of fossilised wood that becoming intoxicating to find. The slip of coast on the right of this picture reminds me of the pleasure of finding a piece.

Six Hour Place is a new series of photographs by Harry Cory Wright. Harry continues to use his 10×8 field camera and the final prints and hand printed direct from the negative. Six Hour Place refers to the average amount of time these tidal waters are exposed and covered with each tide.

Harry’s work has always concentrated on the notion of ‘Place’ and how we hold ourselves within it. In this series he pulls together 12 places that are barely; empty, for the most part devoid of cloud and represented with an almost cosmic light of dawn. These are landscapes undergoing a deep, continual, and glorious transience.

Tide is just out and recently, so that the water is still clearing from shingle and sand below. Quiet but not silent as all this water feeds its was back to the channel and to the sea.

I have watched this particular view so much over the last few months and each time a new series of lines seem to appear, black on white. It’s never the same as each tide erodes in parts and deposits in others. But overall the same action overrides which is to allow the water that was in the harbour to rejoin the sea in the easiest way possible forming small half-hour rivulets that chase and swoop round the big but gentle sandbanks.