Program 2016

Susan Dobson

Canada (1965)



This exhibition consists of a series of lake landscapes, produced in the Great Lakes region between Canada and the United States. Susan Dobson overlays her photographs with scans of ground glasses from historic view cameras which she uses as viewfinders within the images. She deliberately treats these stretches of water as a common and universal place, focusing instead on the marks, grids, stains and fingerprints left by the previous owners of the ground glasses. In a time of digital snapshots, these photographs remind us of a bygone era when shooting required some genuine know-how, extensive equipment and long exposures.