Harley Weir photographs are taking our breath away. Her compositions seem natural, easy and organic. And yet there’s an elegance and element of mystery that runs through her impressive catalogue of work. Whether the work is for a top fashion brand or for her own pleasure, there always seems to be an element of drama or whimsy. Not whimsy in the way of quaint or fanciful stories at play, rather more in the direction of an imagining of a classic novel crossed with a dark taste of a Lars Von Trier film.
Throughout Harley’s commercial and personal projects, this darker presence and feeling of melancholy is consistently present. Be it subtle in an unusual angle, or strong in an intriguing set or scene, her interesting and beautiful story-telling brings takes her projects to another level. The world of fashion is certainly appreciating, with Harley’s clients ranging from AnOther Magazine, i-D and Dazed and Confused to Top Shop and Stella McCartney.
While her commercial projects are boundary pushing and memorable, the personal work is a little quieter and reserved. Through all of her photographic work, Harley Weir has said that she tries to convey emotion over anything. The challenge of pushing an audience to feel something while viewing her work is a driving force in her projects.