Focus Finder

Focus Finder was produced during the pandemic. Here the serene waters of Lake Huron are overlaid with the viewfinders of digital and analogue cameras, as well as a range of other viewing devices such as camcorders and facial recognition software. These overlays forefront lens-based instruments that are used to map territory, enable voyeurism, and conduct surveillance. The photographs thus aim to operate not just as transcriptions of sublime landscape, but also as metaphor and poetry, framed within the anxiety of the present moment.

Essay by Sarah Bassnett: Susan Dobson Uneasy Beauty

Susan Dobson_Mirage_4000 px
.Mirage
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 45.1″ (89 cm x 114.6 cm) and 47″ x 60.5″ (119.4 cm x 153.7 cm)

privateproperty
.Private Property
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 46.5″ (89 cm x 118.1 cm) and 47″ x 62.5″ (119.4 cm x 158.8 cm)

Susan Dobson_Fading Light_4000 px
.Fading Light
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 46.5″ (89 cm x 118.1 cm) and 47″ x 62.5″ (119.4 cm x 158.8 cm)

Susan Dobson_Mapping Terrain_4000 px
Mapping Terrain
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 47.5″ (89 cm x 120.7 cm) and 47″ x 64″ (119.4 cm x 162.6 cm)

Susan Dobson_Dead Tree Island_4000 px
Dead Tree Island
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 46.5″ (89 cm x 118.1 cm) and 47″ x 59.4″ (119.4 cm x 150.9 cm)

Susan Dobson_Debris Field_4000 px
Debris Field
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 48.5″ (89 cm x 123.2 cm) and 47″ x 65″ (119.4 cm x 165 cm)

Under the Surface full image
Under the Surface
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 45″ (89 cm x 114.3 cm) and 47″ x 60.5″ (119.4 cm x 153.7 cm)

Susan Dobson_Peak Flow_V2_4000 px
Peak Flow
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 48″ (89 cm x 122 cm) and 47″ x 64.5″ (119.4 cm x 163.8 cm)

Susan Dobson_RELocation_Part 1_4000 px
.Re|location (Panel 1 of 3)
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 49″ (88.9 cm x 124.5 cm) and 47″ x 66.6″ (119.4 cm x 169.2 cm)

Susan Dobson_RELocation_Part 2_V2_4000 px
Re|location (Panel 2 of 3)
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 49″ (88.9 cm x 124.5 cm) and 47″ x 66.6″ (119.4 cm x 169.2 cm)

Susan Dobson_RELocation_Part 3_V2_4000 px
Re|location (Panel 3 of 3)
Archival Pigment Print, 2020/2021
35″ x 49″ (88.9 cm x 124.5 cm) and 47″ x 66.6″ (119.4 cm x 169.2 cm)

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