JU­LIA HAR­G­REAVES

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but a mere three years into his pas­sion­ate new av­o­ca­tion, he was al­ready stag­ing sold­out ex­hi­bi­tions and sell­ing his pho­to­graphs in­ter­na­tion­ally. Peo­ple like liv­ing in the still un­mov­ing place of The In­ter val. Dusek’s sense of ex­ac­ti­tude and his ap­petite for end­less pa­tience seems to have been hard-wired into him, born from his long ap­pren­tice­ship in com­puter tech­nol­ogy. But his abid­ing pas­sion for the se­ri­ous study of both the cre­ative Chi­nese tra­di­tions of Tao­ism goes back thirty years, run­ning par­al­lel to his hi-tech com­puter life. The two life-streams came pow­er­fully to­gether in his prac­tice of pho­tog­ra­phy.

Ar­riv­ing at Your Des­ti­na­tion

Dusek is adamant about how it is not the sub­ject mat­ter of pho­to­graph that counts. What mat­ters, at least to him, is rather the feel­ing that sub­ject mat­ter can be made to (al­lowed to) ex­press. “For art,” Dusek says, “the sub­ject mat­ter is just the ve­hi­cle; the feel­ing is the des­ti­na­tion.” “I have stud­ied Ja­panese and other Asian art,” he notes, “and I have dis­cov­ered that my

work is best de­scribed by the Ja­panese con­cept of shibumi, which means ‘a quiet el­e­gance.’ It is in­ter­est­ing how that came to be: it wasn’t that I found out about shibumi and then con­sciously Ja­panese aes­thet­ics in more de­tail, dis­cov­ered work rather than my hav­ing made my­self pur­sue an ex­ter­nal ideal.” Look, for ex­am­ple, at his pho­to­graph, Muskoka Buoy. Can you not feel its still­ness com­ing upon you? Doesn’t it feel the way the At the an­cient pond A frog jumped With a splash

You can find the ex­quis­ite pho­tog­ra­phy of Peter Dusek at: Ab­bozzo Gallery 401 Rich­mond St, W Toronto, ON www.ab­boz­zo­gallery.com 416.260.2220

left above, Three Pines, pho­to­graph mid­dle, Whis­per, pho­to­graph

right above, Tree and Six Posts, pho­to­graph

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