Matthew Swarts’ photographs unnerve me. They leave me nervous & wanting leave but I keep looking. His titles & subject matter play into peoples natural inhibitions & stereotypes, with series titled “Amsterdam,” “Rapture,” & “Open Water.” His photographic work has a veiled openness. Portraits of persons with disabilities look trapped in time & topless swimmers on the beach, skin & sand almost the same color, look confused & removed from where they are. Details of water swells pull at my longing for the ocean but bring up the fear of what’s beneath. Photography was originally intended for use of documenting what was there & Swarts skirts this line with great skill.

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fts Open Water
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fts Amsterdam
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fts Mystery School
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fts Amsterdam
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fts Rapture
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fts Mystery School
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fts Open Water

Please find more of Matthew’s work at his website.