Christopher A. Wright was born with a rare degenerative connective tissue disease, and was advised to take up a sedentary occupation. However, after degrees in languages, religious studies, and Mesoamerican iconography, he moved to the rural Finger Lakes Region of New York State, and rebuilt an old farmhouse. After a barn wall fell on him he changed his occupation to photography. Christopher’s work has been shown in galleries and museums in the USA and in Europe. To make truly handmade images, he started working with wet plate collodion and calotype negatives.

"After twenty-five years of pursuing the tack sharp image, a la f64, I realised that if it were possible for me to make truly handmade images, I had to take up the study and practice of the earliest processes."

Christopher makes Calotype negatives using variants on Gustave Le Gray's (1820-84) dry waxed-paper process, as described in period manuals and as invented by himself. For the final positive image, he prints on salted paper (using Talbot's "photogenic drawing") or on cyanotype (using Herschel's methods).

 

 

Christopher Wright

Calotypes

 

12th Avenue, Gainesville ©

My Camera and the Pear Tree ©

Lightning-Struck Tree ©

   

Wisteria ©

Poires Pour HB ©