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    Reviews of Something like a Nest

    “Andy Sewell’s photographs are clearly a record of the countryside. But his pictures are about something
    less obvious: the redundancy of the ideas we have about the pastoral when they come up against modern life.
    As a knitting together of the artificial and unmade, the English countryside is a perfect expression of our
    unstable world. Sewell shows us a landscape governed by forces beyond individual or collective control. He
    doesn’t mind if we are provoked. He’s happy to make us laugh. There isn’t something he needs us to believe.
    He doesn’t want to shatter our illusions, merely quieten them – to allow us to see the complexity of what’s
    before us.” Financial Times

    “Something Like A Nest, a sustained visual meditation on the contemporary English countryside – a place
    defined by often conflicting social and economic interests, and our reluctantly surrendered received notions
    of the pastoral and the sublime. Sewell makes us think more deeply about what the countryside means. . .”
    The Guardian

    “where grand, sweeping views might have been an obvious source of inspiration, Sewell hones in on the
    particular. Via still lifes, portraits of people and what I can only describe as portraits of the act of observation,
    Something Like a Nest plays out as a series of intensely concentrated impressions that rewards, indeed
    encourages, a slow, measured drinking-in.” British Journal of Photography

    “The odd yet unmistakeable character of English country life is revealed in an evocative new series of
    photographs” The Telegraph

    “Sewell’s new book, consists of beautiful landscapes, domestic interiors and still-lives that make up
    a delicate portrayal of today’s English countryside. The artist explores how our idea of this land, and the
    pastoral symbolism related to it, intersects with contemporary culture. Sewell goes beyond the clichés in
    order to create a visual experience in which the noise of contemporary life melts into bucolic conventions
    and habits.” Fantom

    Reviews of The Heath

    “a book of suggestion, a landscape of the imagination as well as a record of a real and familiar place.
    A classic of understated observation.” The Guardian

    “At seventy-five and with the world the way that it is, I sometimes come close to losing heart, but when
    I see work like this I’m back in the game. The Heath is a beautiful job. Honest about mixed evidence… open
    to both joy and sorrow. There are all sorts of helpful pictures for which I am thankful, but especially
    the one of the lovers, the view of the green full of dogs, and – I can’t get enough if this one
    – the two crows on the park bench…” Robert Adams

    “a series of photographs that have uncovered the subtle beauty of the terrain, as well as his personal maturity
    in photographic approach. The photographer’s intelligent portrayal of his subject isn’t for the casual viewer,
    but rather for those who appreciate the challenge of consuming the complexities a
    powerful narrative.” photoeye Magazine

    “With a quiet, precise and sometimes playful eye Andy Sewell’s photographs negotiate this shared territory
    of the heath’s managed wilderness. While using his camera to frame the “still moments” a place like
    the heath can gift us, he never allows us to forget the human presence woven through the DNA of
    its existence.” Financial Times

    “His project not only praises the beauty of this part of the city of London, it also questions our perception
    of nature in the city, and the need for this chosen portion of regulated wilderness. Sewell is an acute
    observer, and also a special witness of a contemporary problematic. “ Ahorn Magazine

    “For the last five years Andy Sewell has been tramping Hampstead Heath with his camera and
    has accumulated a stunning set of photographs… I urge you to support this emerging talent
    and order this book before it is acknowledged as a classic contribution to our
    photographic culture.” Martin Parr