Leisure Lounge

1996

Nicolson, Seamus
Nicolson’s photographs follow the compositional methods of the old masters combined with contemporary subjects, primarily lonely individuals in a complex multicultural city. His subjects are generally young Londoners. As Nicolson sees it, his images are also a kind of hybrid, somewhere between art and fashion. His powerful images convey a sense of voyeurism and of invasion, where the spectator is witness to the private moments of the figures in the photographs and left with the feeling of crossing an invisible social boundary. We look at them, but they don’t look back. Either they are turned away from the camera completely, or else their gaze is averted. The artist says "When I produced Leisure Lounge I was interested in club culture as a subject for my work. The figure having his back turned to the viewer has been a recurring element in my work."
  • Artwork Details: 102 x 152cm
  • Edition: 4/10
  • Material description: c-type print on aluminium
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Photograph
  • Accession number: ACC47/1999

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