The Captive Eye #1

photography and visual art

Welcome to Captive Eye, an occasional post that shares bits and pieces of art and photography, some in progress, some from the archive, some experimental, and some recently completed. 

I’m hoping to develop this newsletter visually as a gallery wall that’s tied together minimally with bits and pieces of text. 

I’m also hoping, perhaps that some connection and community will grow by introducing some other artists and photographers along the way.

With that in mind, thanks for reading and I suppose I should introduce myself.

My name is Alistair Keddie and I’m a photographer and visual artist from Scotland who’s now living in New Zealand. I studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art and have developed a practice over the years that shifts around visual arts, animated film making and photography.  My work draws loosely on landscape exploring themes around being, belonging and place (though really anything goes!). Hope you’ll enjoy these wee posts.

Rolling Stock - iPhone held steady against the train window with panoramic mode glitching, as we roll across semi-industrial South Auckland landscapes

Images are Copyright © Alistair Keddie


Some recent finds on the New Zealand art scene whose work particularly impressed after a visit to the magnificent Te Uru Gallery in Titrangi, Auckland. A big exhibition of winners from the last 20 years of the Portage Ceramic Awards on show and loved the hallucinogenic Millbrook Holiday by Jim Cooper and also the stunning beautiful Tuturu by Yvonne Tana. Was also much taken with the colourful psycho-pop paintings by a fellow Scot and Glaswegian, Rob McLeod.  Great stuff.

Millbrook Holiday by Jim Cooper - @jimcooper_nz

Tuturu by Yvonne Tana - @yvonne.tana.12

Paintings by Rob McLeod - @rob_mcleod_paintings

via Stuart Page

20 February – 6 June 2021

Larence Shustak: air gun?

The anti-establishment photographer shooting from the hip yet recording the extraordinary.

Larence Shustak, a New York photographer who moved to Christchurch in 1973, is best known for his extraordinary portraits of jazz and blues greats such as Thelonious Monk and John Lee Hooker. He also photographed the street, both here in New Zealand and in the USA, shooting from the hip yet recording the extraordinary in the seemingly uneventful matters of everyday life. Shustak was an anti-establishment art provocateur – Larence Shustak: air gun? provides a fascinating insight into his photography with key examples from both his time in the USA and New Zealand.