Nina Oxley Wood, is a training doctor and analogue photographer from Kerikeri, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Currently based London UK. 

Her work touches darkly lit remote communities, capturing the shy pain and joy that surrounds them.

Nina’s medical vantage point offers a humanity living on the edge of calamity. She does not fall beneath the weight of science, but expresses curiosity, naivety and wonderment, a form of health deepened by both nature and spirit.

A child of the antipodes /

She swirls beneath sky and sea/

Crossed between rock and star /

Forever, forever, forever

This sentiment tells of both the enlightenment and suppression of living in Aotearoa. “Forever, forever, forever” – we live without choice under the vastness of sky and sea. Nature is our beautiful prison.

In the Levin Study,  Nina documents the perilous flesh of a lonely town located in the central spinal cord of the country. Neither city or remote town, it holds a confused identity of adolescence and unmovable tradition. Nina captures portraits caged inside this town; local dogs, teenage girls and mournful churches.

These incisive, nostalgic photographs are anguished, sad and playful, a reflective series on a town stuck in time