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Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk (detail)

Spring tide at Burnham Overy Staithe

Journey Through The British Isles

Norfolk-based photographer Harry Cory Wright has spent six months travelling Britain creating a unique photographic record of some of the most spectacular places in the country.

Harry Cory Wright, an acclaimed landscape photographer from north Norfolk, has followed in the great tradition of journeys around the British Isles - to create a photographic record of some of the most beautiful locations in the country.

More than 10 years ago he started using a 10x8 inch plate camera. Since then, he's travelled throughout the UK with a one purpose - to be immersed in its variety of natural landscape.

 Loch Coruisk, Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye

Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye

"I've always had a deep love of the landscape of the British Isles and I've loved taking pictures of it since I was 17," he said.

"There were always little journeys out to take pictures of one place or another, and then it was just this idea of getting this into one single thread that went right through the country."

The images have been collated in his latest book Journey Through The British Isles, which charts Cory Wright's six-month trip from the Shetland Islands, through Scotland, England, Wales, and finally back north to the Isle of Skye.

Armed with his Gandolfi 10x8 inch wooden plate camera, Harry was joined on much of the journey by his wife and three children.

They would camp for several days at a time while he familiarized himself with the landscape and the light, before choosing the perfect vantage point from which to photograph the natural world around him.

"We started out in March in the Shetlands, it was great, very cold," said Harry.

"It was the coldest spring they'd had up there and it was the coldest that I've ever known the British Isles to be. Visually it was everything I ever wanted. It was cold, it was bleak.

Firle Beacon from Mount Caburn, East Sussex

Mount Caburn, East Sussex (detail)

"As we moved further south, it obviously warmed up into spring, and by the time we got down into the south of England it was into the hot summer," he added.

Harry's photographs have been reproduced in numerous magazines and newspapers. He runs the Saltwater Gallery in Burnham Market, and admits he had to fight an urge not to include too many shots of the county in the British Isles collection.

"I was tempted to put pages and pages into the book because I know and love it [Norfolk] well.

"The picture I have in the book is of Burnham Overy Staithe. It's about as fluid as any picture in the book, it's about the tide coming in at Burnham Overy," he said.

Harry Cory Wright's Journey Through The British Isles is published by Merrell, August 2007.

An exhibition of the 120 prints featured in the book can be seen at the London gallery Eleven from 14 September to 13 October, 2007.

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