Carl Corey is definitely a seasoned photographer, with a large collection of separate bodies of work in his portfolio and an established name for himself, it is a pleasure to have his work featured with Despite The Illusion.
Carl has sent us in two bodies of work, both of which are active parts of his portfolio. The first, Along The Yellowstone Trail is a document of his 480 mile walk across Wisconsin. The second is For Love and Money an investigation into the family run business’ of Wisconsin.
Along The Yellowstone Trail
This body of work is Carl’s investigation into the current cultural status of Wisconsin. The route chosen was not made due to being the most direct route but because of the cultural heritage it holds. It is linked to the early communities of the state. The origins of the Yellowstone Trail were mapped due to the preexisting wagon trails, farm roads and town roadways that were available at the time.
The project is a document of the curiosities found along during Carls travels. This is his interpretation and reaction to current american culture. To Carl, Wisconsin is considered unique, something he has no doubt in, but not so unique that the cultural attributes could not be found else where in America.
The whole project is purely focused on the objects and the effects the people of Wisconsin have on their surroundings. Each image has an accompanying quote, some of these quotes are from the people he met along his travels and some are borrowed. A format used in another of his projects Americaville, of which you can find on his website at the bottom.
The Yellowstone Trail series has been created into a journal containing 110 pictures, postcard, gate-fold vintage brochure insert, 5x7 signed and numbered print in a vintage folder and a laminated map. There are 100 editions signed and numbered.
For Love and Money
This project is Carl Coreys reaction to his intrigue into the family business’ of Wisconsin. Something that was born out of a previous project of his, Tavern League, also on his site.
All of the family business’ photographed here have been within the family for a minimum for fifty years. This series in contrast to The Yellow Stone Trail contains direct portraits of the people of Wisconsin and their relationship to their surroundings. Shot in a deadpan manor we’re invited to access the connection these people have to their surroundings, of which is their livelihood. Carl’s work has similarities to the way Annie Leibovitz documents America, something of a modern August Sander, a typographic document of culture.