interpreted by Vishnu Hoff
Vishnu has had an interesting
range of careers, all of which have informed his photographer's eye to varying
For many years he worked in
motion picture production, primarily as a camera assistant or a camera
operator. Projects ranged from well paying commercials and industrials to fair
paying feature films and documentaries to non-paid but infinitely more
satisfying independent films. This includes the first Russian / American
co-produced Independent Feature, Banya, shot entirely on location in a small
village in the former Soviet Union the same year the Iron Curtain fell.
He’s also worked for over 14
years as a medical photographer specializing in retinal imaging. This span was
interrupted by a return to school where he studied Industrial Design at RISD,
and there have been overlaps and just plain old lapses, to pursue various other
The motion picture cameraman's
eye for movement and tension comes through in many of Vishnu’s still images- one
can feel the fluidity of the action playing out in the viewfinder, an anticipation
of what's going to happen next.
What you're seeing here are
images from Vishnu’s various travels and investigations- a peek in to the neo-burlesque
community in New York City, religious ceremonies in Bali, forays in to nature,
and many treasured moments documenting the experiences of a humanitarian
organization that he helped to start- laid out as a response to Walt Whitman’s preface to Leaves of Grass, (1855), Your Very Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, which
he finds resonates with his sensibilities.