Shadows, Analogue,  

Philip Guston struggled with the desire for an openness that abstraction brings and the primitive impulse for the recognition of object. He felt at
a loss confronted by the presumed “ultimate” style. In the face of this he was drawn by his need to communicate directly and implicitly despite having acknowledged that the recognisable form “excludes too much” and that “ there is no such thing as non objective art. Everything has an object. Everything has a figure. The question is what kind?”  Peter Dickinson’s ‘Shadows’ series of photographs are figurative things photographed to varying degrees of abstraction. In ‘Shadows of Prints’ Peter has taken 2d analogue prints of figurative scenes and made them abstract and taken 2d abstract prints and made them appear figurative. Both are photographed in such a way that they appear to be the same body of work. Whilst being abstract, misty landscapes, intimate body parts and figure combinations are suggested but they do not exist beyond the photograph. The photograph is authentic. None of the photographs have been abstracted in post-production or Photoshop they are all as captured through the lens. The reading of the image fluctuates as the viewer tries to uncover the source and becomes aware of subtle tones and colours and in doing so is caught in Guston’s dilemma. The title ‘Shadows’ refers to the process of photography and to Plato’s Cave.