Excerpt from the Curator:


Swayze's world of water is one of leisure, vacation, and idyllic childhood. Missing are any images of a dark, dangerous, and deathly unknown. Every appearance of water is contained by some sort of frame, be it a window, a reflection, or the camera lens. The photos are so neatly contained and clean, as if life itself were always that way. But what is beyond that frame? What did Swayze chose to leave out? What happened the moment after the shutter clicked? These photos were taken between 1975 and 2010, eruptive times nationally and locally, decades full of social and political sea changes. Yet, time as a visible marker of an era is surprisingly absent and the photograph from 1975 feels as old or as new as the one from 2010.


— Amanda Wastrom, Director Foster Gallery