The photographer, Andrew Wright, captures the angled craggy, iconic conifers that are often seen in Group of Seven paintings, in a straightened format. This creates a destabilising yet correct image, as if there is a truth portrayed in setting them straight. The result produces a sensation that you wish to tilt your head, but when you do, it seems wrong. His work reflects his fascination of the public perception through photography, and how we perceive what the medium exposes. Wright’s work is “a powerful reminder of the import that photography has in the popular imagination, regardless of that which is actually depicted.” Several pieces of his work has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Canada.
I was honoured to have Wright as my photography professor while at the University of Ottawa, and to learn the use of 35mm black and white photography.