Nothing in the Particular

       Worcester, 1999 
       Noupoort, 1999 
       Uppington, 2002 
       Pietermaritzburg, 1999 
       Rugby, 2001 
       Somerset West, 2000 
       Voortrekker Road, 2002 
       Rugby, 2001 
       Johannesburg, 2001 
       Near Grabou, 1999 
       Brits Town, 2001 
       Near Oudtshoorn, 2001 
       Nottingham Road, 2001 
       Sea Point, 1999 
       Hout Bay, 2001 
       From Lion's Head, 2001 
       Muizenberg, 1999 
       Touws River, 1999 
       Near the Breede River, 2001 
       Hout Bay, 1999 
       Johannesburg, 2001 
       Bethlehem, 2002 
       Senekal, 2002 
       Hout Bay, 2002 
       Johannesburg, 1999 
       Johannesburg, 2001 
       Senekal, 2002 
       Johannesburg, 2001 
       Johannesburg, 2001 
       Robertson, 2002 
       Cape Town, 2002 
       Johannesburg, 2000 
       Boksburg, 2001 
       Claremont, 2001 
       Uppington, 2001 
       Installation View, 2003 
       Installation View, 2003 

Struggling to understand the emotions provoked by the photograph, I suddenly felt a wash of nostalgia. Ha, the good old days. Yippee. But for someone who absolutely loathes nostalgia in any form, this was a strange feeling. Then I realised: with Southwood’s photographs, you adopt nostalgia as a defence against seeing the present. What he is actually showing you is the now, and being forced to confront the now means being forced to understand the past.

Chris Roper, extract from a review at:    http://artthrob.co.za/02apr/reviews/bbr.html

30 c-prints, 50 by 60cm, 1/15 + 3 a/p

 

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