Peter Peryer, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in 1991. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
I admire Peter Peryer’s black and white photographs that chronicle New Zealand life. This image is reminiscent of adventures on the beach in Mokau. Camping in the cow fields owned by a local farmer, we would spend many days at the beach, swimming around the ‘flowerpots’ in the river mouth and visiting the rock pools at low tide. When strolling along the beautiful dark black sand, I was often fascinated by the clumps of seafoam that would be lifted by the wind and run across the sand. I would chase them as they danced and jumped about.
- Lily Claypole for My Choice online exhibition, September 2020.

Peryer manages to make inanimate objects animated and also makes the viewer stop to pause and consider what an object is or consider an alternative viewpoint. By playing with scale Peryer makes the ‘major minor’ and vice versa. Mundane details and surfaces take on new energy and the familiar becomes strange.
- Greg Donson, Curator, Sarjeant Gallery

This work is published in Peter Peryer's 'Second Nature' catalogue, 1995
Image 198 x 300mm
Frame 410 x 514mm
gelatin silver print
Black and white photograph of sea foam on a black sand beach.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1991
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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