John Dobson
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John Dobson

In my series Visual Art Icons, I reference visual arts icons from fine art, film, and photography from antiquity to 20th and 21st-century popular culture. In all the examples, the original image spoke to me, remaining in my subconscious, compelling me to pay homage, honor and photographically interpret or reinterpret the original work, while capturing the essence of the original and gaining an understanding of what makes the work iconic.

As a photographer it is a way for me to understand the light, composition, design, styling, mise-en-scène, symbolism, and color palette of the original without imposing my own idiosyncratic values onto it. Recreating a painting photographically, I change the medium and, in so doing, comment on it through a 21st-century point of view. Sometimes, that is enough of a shift in itself. In the process I examine the essence of the image, deconstruct it and discover what makes it iconic. Often I begin with the intention of recreating the image as authentically as possible. Sometimes, however, either through design or necessity, I end up imposing my own angle or sense of irony into the shot.



John Dobson - Amsterdam, Netherlands 1 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Amsterdam, Netherlands 1, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
30" x 24"
$1500


Amsterdam, Netherlands 1, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
30" x 24"
$1500
John Dobson - Amsterdam, Netherlands 2 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Amsterdam, Netherlands 2, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Amsterdam, Netherlands 2, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 1 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 1, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 1, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Damrak, Amsterdam, Netherlands Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Damrak, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Damrak, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 2 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 2, 2016
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 2, 2016
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 5 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 5, 2018
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 5, 2018
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Windmills, Netherlands Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Windmills, Netherlands, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Windmills, Netherlands, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Harry’s Café de Wheels, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Harry’s Café de Wheels, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia, 2016
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Harry’s Café de Wheels, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia, 2016
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 1 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 1, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 1, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Rural Netherlands Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Rural Netherlands, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Rural Netherlands, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Weymouth, Dorset, UK 1 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Weymouth, Dorset, UK 1, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Weymouth, Dorset, UK 1, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Weymouth, Dorset, UK 2 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Weymouth, Dorset, UK 2, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Weymouth, Dorset, UK 2, 2015
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 4 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 4, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 4, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 7 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 7, 2016
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 7, 2016
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 6 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 6, 2016
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 6, 2016
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 4 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 4, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 4, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500
John Dobson - Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 3 Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm, Photography View on a wall Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 3, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500


Beach Huts, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia 3, 2017
Canson Inkjet Photographique Rag 310gsm
24" x 30"
$1500

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