An image of Punakaiki

Peter Peryer

(New Zealand 1941 – 2018)


Not on display
Further information

Peter Peryer's photographs deal with the enigmatic and uncanny in a subtle and poetic way. Indeed, the artist does regard his photographs as poems, and that the layers of meaning which emerge through looking at the work is an important part of the subject matter.

This work is part of an ongoing body of work which Peryer has called 'Third Nature'. 'Third Nature' continues the artist's interest in the intimate relationships between the ordinary and eccentric; natural and man made objects; the metaphysical and mundane; history and the present. These relationships are never posed within the photographic frame as being anything other than complementary and overlapping.

One of Peryer's ongoing modes of practice is to play with our perception of texture and scale, with what we recognise but don't understand in order that we might see the familiar from a new perspective. The patterned rocks in 'Punakaiki' 1997 become anthropomorphic because, in this image, there is no possibility of understanding scale at all unless the viewer has visited this location.

Peryer spends a great deal of time thinking about and setting up each photograph. He will also travel great distances in order to find the right object to photograph. Consequently the number of images he produces each year is very small.

gelatin silver photograph
34.5 x 50.4 cm image; 50.5 x 60.4 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated centre to l.centre verso, pencil "... Peter Peryer, 1997, ...".

Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 1998
Accession number
© Peter Peryer