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