Murray J Peterson

Artist Photographer

Photography

Real Photography - Unreal World

I find the subjects for my photographs by a dual process of exploration. One is a physical journey, the other a road trip of the soul.

I am guided in my search by a map of highly personal ideas - an accumulation of fond memories and longings for timeless, pristine places. We each tend to "see what we want to see", so naturally I find what I'm looking for, but the cold eye of the camera doesn't care - it has no soul.

To make the photograph I have to simultaneously inhabit two modes of perception. On the one hand I have to hold the “vision” of an intuitive, subconscious-driven, high state of awareness. On the other I have to be analytical and objective to translate the sign language I perceive - to decode the order hidden in the noise of complex detail.

I use the camera to frame and simplify what I see, in an attempt to make concrete this ephemeral experience - to clarify and communicate in this primordial language, the conversation between elements of the landscape - a wave calls out to a cloud - lines in the sand reach out to the sun.

The photograph is made - the flow of time is suspended. There is time to think - time to rest - time to talk. The beholder becomes a participant, and joins the conversation, no longer just a spectator.

Photography

Thumbnail image for the photograph titled Taiura Similitude and link to the full image and catalogue page with detailed information Thumbnail image for the photograph titled Karikari Warp and link to the full image and catalogue page with detailed information Thumbnail image for the photograph titled Stoney Bay Smoke and link to the full image and catalogue page with detailed information
Thumbnail image for the photograph titled Tepaki Headland and link to the full image and catalogue page with detailed information Thumbnail image for the photograph titled Fletchers Bay and link to the full image and catalogue page with detailed information Thumbnail image for the photograph titled Matai Bay - Headland and link to the full image and catalogue page with detailed information
Thumbnail image for the photograph titled Bethels and link to the full image and catalogue page with detailed information Thumbnail image for the photograph titled Cape Reinga.Te Rerenga Wairua and link to the full image and catalogue page with detailed information Thumbnail image for the photograph titled Tapotupotu - Puddled Light and link to the full image and catalogue page with detailed information