Statement

'In 2013 I decided to leave the frenetic traffic clogged flatland madness of Saigon, for the more subdued nature of Vung Tau, a nearby small coastal town abutting the South China sea and tucked up against forested hills. For a year, I rented a room in a small hotel that faced the sea out front and behind ran a narrow lane that climbed gradually up and away from the ramshackle houses into a jungle clad bluff. The setting for my daily keep fit regimen, for after a brisk walk up the tarmacadam path that gave way to loose gravel eventually to a dirt track, and then finally a grassy ridge deep in the treeline, this tranquil and secluded spot afforded me wonderful views of the jade waters of the South China Sea and was the perfect setting for my yoga routine. I began to walk this pathway daily both dawn and dusk, just 2 kilometers from bottom to top and back again, but I so relished the peace and quiet afforded at the high point of this short hike, I needed those two daily visits. For up there it felt heavenly, down below, noisy, chaotic. Dare I say, hellish!

As the days progressed I began to think of Dante's Purgatorio, and see the path, this short journey from top to bottom as visual allegory, not unlike Dante's seven terraces! Earthly paradise at the top, a kind of purgatory at the bottom. The more I walked the path the more it felt natural to think of it this way. Certainly at the summit, it felt heavenly. The flame trees in blossom, the call of birds, butterflies on the wing mid morning, fireflies on the wing at dusk. Pristine, whimsical, untrammeled. Dare I say sublime. I could look around and imagine a world before mankind exerted his toll.

Then as I proceeded downhill, the first signs of mankind appeared just as the grassy path gave way to gravel. I would hear the bark of a dog, and then perhaps a little later the chime of a monk's gong well before I actually caught site of the Taoist temple set back in among the trees. Up here in the higher reaches it seemed humanity still held a certain reverence for nature. For the simple life.

As I descended further down, now to the gravel section of the path, things began to change. High walls erected. Golden ornate gates locked. Man claiming ownership of the land? Barring entry. Asserting his assumption that what he contains, he owns. Litter began to infuse the grasses and hedgerows. Yet further still, discarded syringes in the tree line, suggesting heroine addiction. Further down idle human banter! Giggles, guffaws, staccato voices, shouts, cries, screams. Finally at the base of the hill I would be shaken back into the 21st century by the rumble of traffic and blaze of neon lights. Alas man in giddy mode. Reveling in artificial lights. Concrete. Temptation. Gluttony. Animals caged for entertainment. Covetous indulgence. Overkill. Destruction'.

I realize re-reading this statement above that my intentions are only partly fulfilled both in these words and the idea and images can be construed as simplistic. Possibly simplistic is apt and relevant. I simply walked the path with a camera, allowed linearity, from summer to winter and back again, up and down the hill, back and forth, (and visited just one or two locations away from the path to give me the chance to shoot one or two important narrative pictures such as the monkey in a cage or fenced deer) and through mere observation developed the series of images which I hope seen collectively here will resonate. Resonate aesthetically. Resonate emotively. Resonate incompletely.

Realism-Path to Purgatorio
RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 1. Celestiality
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
118.9cm x 84.1cm edition 7 + 2AP
84.1cm x 59.4cm edition 9 + 2AP
RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 1. Godliness #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
118.9cm x 84.1cm edition 7 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 1. It's all yours #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
118.9cm x 84.1cm edition 7 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 1. Scion
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 1 Untitled #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
118.9cm x 84.1cm edition 7 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 1 Untitled #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
The Oceanographic World seen from the Upper Reaches
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 2. Pious
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 2. Taoist Temple Detail
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 2. Reverence
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 2. Eternal Sleep
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 2. Untitled #4
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 2. Function/Frugality
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 3. Canine #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 3. Canine #2
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 4. Internment
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 4. Bird House
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Untitled #5
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 3. Untitled #6
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 1. Wild bird trappers appear
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 5. First Cuts
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 5. Cloistered #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 5. Cloistered #2
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. Nature Caged, Nature Tamed #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. Nature Caged, Nature Tamed #2
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. Our Boxed and Packaged World
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 4. Autumnal Path
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. The End of the Beginning #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. The End of the Beginning #2
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. The End of the Beginning #3
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. Human Drama Initiative
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 5. Turn Night Into Day #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 5. Turn Night Into Day #2
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. Diptych #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Turn Night Into Day #3
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. Turn Night Into Day #4
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. Turn Night Into Day #5
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. Untitled #6
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. Untitled #7
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. Untitled #8
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
level 7. Drift
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. Untitled #9
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. Escape
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. Something is not quite right around here
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
The Great Extinction
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. The Departed #1
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. The Departed #2
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. The Departed #3
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 6. The Departed #4
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. The Departed #5
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. It's all yours #2
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
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RICHARD MARK DOBSON Realism-Path to Purgatorio Lambda Chromogenic Print
Level 7. The Disappearance
2013
Lambda Chromogenic Print

162.0cm x 110.0cm edition 5 + 2AP
118.9cm x 84.1cm edition 7 + 2AP
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