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Don PatersonContemporary Critical Essays$
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Natalie Pollard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748669417

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669417.001.0001

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Hiding in Full View

Hiding in Full View

Dark Material and Light Writing

(p.114) 8 Hiding in Full View
Don Paterson

Natalie Pollard

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on a rarely analysed text of Paterson's, in which photography's ability to tease, conceal, and blur the viewer's gaze — as well as capture a human subject — is key in the ethics of author-audience engagement. The book Hiding in Full View was produced in collaboration with the painter Alison Watt, following her joint exhibition with Paterson at the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh in 2011–12. It is a tribute to the American photographer Francesca Woodman, and explores the uses and abuses of self-representation in text and image, as well as the advantages of partial vision, shade and shadow, and disguise and concealment. Attending closely to Paterson's poems and Woodman's photographs, the chapter analyses how, in setting up pages and persons as chameleon visual relations, the work of both forms a set of carefully constructed visual and spatial moves that knowingly defies both the familiar association of violated/viewed, and the idea of a photographed subject captured in flat, deathly fixity.

Keywords:   Don Paterson, British poetry, British poets, photography, author-audience engagement, Hiding in Full View, Alison Watt, Francesca Woodman

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