Thursday, April 24th 2008
Made in England
Surprisingly, I found something genuinely interesting to watch on television last night. It was BBC’s Made in England series which, I realise now, coincided with St. George’s Day.
It’s a regionally made programme that takes various artists out of the regular comfort of their chosen art – for example West Country singer Seth Lakeman went to the West Midlands to record with inner city Urban musicians, Jazz musician Courtney Pine went from the busy streets of London to the calmness of Northumberland’s Holy Island.
The beauty of Sky television meant I could watch the programme scheduled for the Yorkshire region whilst recording on from another region – in effect, I was doing the same thing!
The one I chose to record was Photographer Harry Cory Wright who traveled from the East of England with it’s calm marshlands, to Bristol in the West with it’s diverse cultures and lifestyles. At first Harry found it difficult to find anything of interest, struggling to refocus his eye onto a new and unfamiliar subject, but eventually everything became clear.
The results are amazing, two very different, yet equally beautiful photographs. Taken using an old 10×8 inch plate camera which gives so much detail even the most advanced of today’s digital camera would be hard-pressed to compete.
I suppose the moral of this ramble is; sometimes it’s good to move our eye away from what we know and what we’re used to.
The whole Made in England series can be viewed on BBC iPlayer
High resolution versions of Harry’s images can be downloaded here
Posted by Richard on Thursday 24th of April 2008 at 12:31pm