Ariel Swartley

Swartley was a journalist before she was a photographer: a rock & roll critic for the Boston-Phoenix, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, & Los Angeles magazines, as well as pop music commentator for NPR.  Some years ago she added exquisite and unique photography to her repertoire.  Her family home on Nantucket, since 1940, has given Ariel a great treasure trove of material.  Called “found still lives,”  she manipulates the photograph to suggest the texture objects acquire through possession.  Tiny details are preserved even as larger outlines are lost.  Artifacts endure, though in a more chance-like form, and sometimes assert themselves in ways unprdeicted by their owners.