BEAUTY AND THE BEAST / by Nigel Swinn

A GOOD REVIEW IN THE NZ HERALD FROM TJ MCNAMARA FOR STILL LIFE;

"Photographs shown by Nigel Swinn are of the kind that seize a moment and situations in time and place that have unique qualities. These opportunities result in works that are not snapshots but considered images that give the moment a sense of timelessness.

Swinn opens a crate sent to him and there, surrounded by clouds of white cotton wool, is a perfect specimen of a tui. It makes an impressive image. He finds a rabbit floating in his pond. The water is clear so the animal is floating serenely in space, its colour rhyming with the rocky floor of the pond.

The images insist on reality but embody an element of the surreal. How many millions of tourists have taken shots of the gardens at Versailles? Swinn's winter photographs of the trimmed hedges bare of leaves and the promenades empty of people are brilliantly sharp and offer a stillness that is almost palpable."