Hey Charlie is a celebration of over fifty years of Cory Wright’s involvement with a particular bend in a river and the field beside it. These joyful images are the culmination of a lifetime of experience of the place in which he grew up and to which he has stayed connected throughout his life.
As reflected in the title. Cory Wright calls his brother’s name – a child’s shout, an adult’s beckoning – to coax him into causing a stir in a place they know so well. They are allowed once again to be little gods. They create interruptions in the otherwise placid landscape; set off rockets into an evening sky; peer inquisitively into a haze of smoke creeping around a river bend. These striking and transient impulses, and the photographs in which they are captured, were intended to shake off the burden of the past and of nostalgia, and to provoke the making of new memories; to re-imagine, reshape and reawaken a much-loved place.
This camera I am using reveals a strong sense of place. I am intrigued by its ability to drink in and reveal such detail. In this series I want to use this very gritty and almost tangible, realistic quality of the photograph to explore notions of the imagination, the ethereal and the unspecific. What are the places we think and dream of? What are the landscapes of our mind? I chose to photograph places therefore that I had a strong perception of even before I had been there.
This is therefore less about specificity, time and place… more about breadth, emotion, preconception… and a place mind.