27 October 2016 // Sanne Schrijver //Amersfoort
Harley Weir is UK’s most in-demand young photographer and now fashion photography’s hottest new talent. London-born Weir studied Fine Art and taught herself photography; she broke through in 2014, with back-to-back commissions from big names such as AnOther, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Bottega Veneta and Maison Martin Margiela.
She is working hard, in fact, she’s thinking about taking time out to “get back to what I first fell in love with”. “It can be difficult to keep sight of yourself when so many other people come in to play on commercial jobs,” she says.
Intimate and effortlessly sexy, her images often feature glimpses of naked body parts or pubic hair and ruby red lips. But, while erotic, the images are not like crude pornography, perhaps because of the art references that underlay her work.
Weir has quite an old fashioned sense of art and it’s very much about emotion, about that unexplainable joy you might feel when looking at something you find sublime.
“It could be as subtle as morning light on a compost bin or an array of colours working harmoniously together in a sunset. To move someone or to make them think for just a split second is enough for me” she says.