Terra incognita 
Images by James Wright

At first glance, James’ project Terra Incognita transports us to a plethora of places. Look again and you’ll notice the very same location, captured over a period of time. “I’ve always had a fascination with seeing how things change”, James says. “If you spend a day in the same area, you’d notice the shifting light. If you return at another point in the year, new colours will have appeared. If you could go back 15,000 years, the landscape would be covered in glaciers... 56 million years and there’d be an intense period of volcanic activity.”

His passion for photography all began when he discovered his father’s National Geographic collection as a kid. “I would look through a stack of them every night before bed. It was a way to travel and explore the world when I couldn’t in any other way.”

This project takes him to Jura, Scotland, a place he chose for its unexplored nature and vastly unpredictable weather. “I wanted to photograph a landscape that is not well known and in which the hand of man has only had a light touch. It’s a wild, rugged, uninhabited place that is difficult to access, with a maritime climate that varies enormously over the year. As the seasons progress the landscape changes in colour from the tan and deep auburn of autumn/winter to an overwhelming explosion of green at the height of summer.”

“The goal is to feel time and thus mortality”, he says. “When I’m in the landscape I can see that it has changed, that time has passed. But it’s not until I look at the photographs that I can truly feel time.”  

James is a photographer based in Scotland. For more information and projects visit jamwright.com

This feature was first published in Issue Two of SATORI. To explore issue one further click here.

Created by Duncan Woods & Seb Camilleri