A month or so back, in his own words, Peter Peryer spoke about his practice in relation to a selection of works on show at The Young. A dear friend of gallery owner Carey Young, much loved artist of many, Peryer’s contribution to contemporary photography is mammoth. The private event held in the cosy quarters of Mt Vic on a sparkling Sunday morning was a real treat for those in attendance.

Buried into bean bags or leant against the warm wooden walls the informal approach was intimiate and sincere. The talk was an unique opportunity to learn the stories behind a few of his most prolific pieces.

When we look at art, feel it and fumble our way through it, we are often left wishing to experience it like the artist. What made them stop or start at that point? Where was the image taken? What is the significance beyond the composition?

‘Is it a photograph? Is it a drawing? It’s a shadow- not the actual plant. It’s actually not black and white… It doesn’t make it a good work but something you are drawn to. It was  unconscious…’. Peter Peryer describing Fern (below)

Preyer continued to share the back story behind Fern, one sickly day with no choice but to head out into the world for supplies he adds, ‘I dose up, dress up and get out’. Passing the potential shot while in his car he hurried home to see to his hunger but despite his poorly condition couldn’t resist returning. Fern, along with another work discussed on the day Landscape Norsewood, now hang happily in our office. They hold special significance to Mal who has long admired Peryer’s practice.


Peter Peryer
Fern, 2011
pigment ink on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper


Peter Peryer
Landscape Norsewood, 2011
pigment ink on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper

Words by Jade Townsend

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