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Seamus Nicolson's photographs appear to record casually-observed scenes from everyday urban life. Set almost exclusively at night, they seem to capture young people in moments of introspection as they make their way to or from their evening's entertainment. In fact, Nicolson's photographs are recreations of just such glimpsed scenes, stage-managed and directed by the artist after the event. By restaging seemingly trivial events and freezing them in time, Nicolson elevates them beyond the everyday. His portrait of Jason draws our attention to the beauty of the vegetables on display outside the shop, reminiscent of seventeenth-century Dutch still life painting.

September 2004