Hey Charlie by Harry Cory Wright

Photographer Harry Cory Wright’s Hey Charlie series was shot at the end of last summer but is a distillation of a lifetime romance with a particular bend in a small river in Tilhill, Surrey.

Astral Rocket, 2nd attempt, Oak Branches and Leaves, 2012

Source: Harry Cory Wright

Astral Rocket, 2nd attempt, Oak Branches and Leaves, 2012

Photographer Harry Cory Wright’s Hey Charlie series was shot at the end of last summer but is a distillation of a lifetime romance with a particular bend in a small river in Tilhill, Surrey.

Wright, who was born in Norfolk in 1963 – and still lives and works there – has visited the Tilhill spot regularly since his childhood.

Blue Grenade on Grayling Bend, 2012

Source: Harry Cory Wright

Blue Grenade on Grayling Bend, 2012

He presents the river stretch as an enigmatic place where the sky has just as many secrets.

The series meanders between presenting a place of mysterious celestial happenings, to a place of solitude, refuge peace and quietude.

Dew Pond and Thirty Second Smoke Generator, 2012

Source: Harry Cory Wright

Dew Pond and Thirty Second Smoke Generator, 2012

For many years Wright has worked exclusively with a large 10 x 8 inch plate camera. In this new series he mixes this approach with high-end digital cameras that allow him to explore post-production and print techniques.

Harry Bryan and Central Poplars. Smoke and 130 ft Mine, 2012
Harry Bryan and Central Poplars. Smoke and 130 ft Mine, 2012

He says, ‘I have found that working with digital cameras has allowed me to retain the importance of “being there” and the photographic element of “witness”, and to add a further distillation of those aspects in post-production.

‘In this series, where there is such a blend of real and fantasy, this combination of working methods has been invaluable.’

Younger Than Before, 2012

Source: Harry Cory Wright

Younger Than Before, 2012

Hey Charlie runs from 19 June to 14 September 2013 at Eleven, 11 Eccleston Steet, London, SW1.

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