Please introduce yourself:
My Name is Trib HüVan. I was born in Australia, but have spent the best part of the last 10 years nomadically traveling around the world. I am a visionary photographer, which means I aim to capture photographs that metaphorically represent my inner life and spiritual musings. I draw inspiration from the study and practice of yoga. However, my intrigue spans over esoteric science, sacred geometry, Buddhism, Jungian psychology and wisdom teachings from Aboriginal cultures.
How did you become interested in Photography?
Photography came to me during my early travels. It was a way to visually journal where I was traveling to and what I was experiencing. As the old adage goes, a picture captures a thousand words; this was the exact case for me as I had such a hard time with writing. Organically, photography became my way to record my travels. I still remember the exact moment when photography, traveling, and spirituality all synchronized at a Buddhist monastery in the mountains of Chang Mai, Thailand. My friend and I were the only westerners there. It was the early hours of the morning and as the sun peeked over the mountains it felt as if it was being evoked by the Monks’ morning mantra. The golden bust of Buddha illuminated and sent sunlight throughout the whole monastery; it was beyond anything I had ever seen. I was so captivated and enlightened by this experience that I totally forgot to load my memory card into the camera. There were no photos that day, but that experience is the reason I photograph today.
Do you have an artistic/Photography Background?
I come from a long line of non-artists, however, my parents affected the way I perceive the world in an artistic sense. My father was a plumber and a perfectionist. He was meticulous to the finest details in everything he did. His eye for detail and aesthetics were often spoken about amongst his colleagues. Growing up we weren’t that well off for money, so my mother would make all of our clothes on her sewing machine. She had a style that was all her own, especially her colour choices. They were often the topic of heated discussions. However, once created they looked amazing ~ in a funky sort of way ~ her out of the box thinking and intuition have also played a large role in my artistic output.
Which artist/Photographer inspired your art?
My inspiration primarily comes from the artist and secondly by the art. This primary inspiration is stoked by anyone who can tap into his or her inner Self and create a form of art that is authentic to that personal understanding. As a visionary artist, I take a lot of inspiration from the painters who displayed this very quality, such as Goya and Van Gough to the modern day visionary artists such as Alex Grey. As for the photographers, Michael Kenna was my catalyst to modern black & white. I love all the pioneers and masters. I am in awe of Sergio Larrain. I have enjoyed documentaries on Bill Cunningham’s dedication to his art and Vivian Maier’s mystique. I also must admit, a huge part of how I view being an artist is influenced by the band Tool ~ the depths & layering of that band is artistic genius at it’s finest.
How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph?
Typically, my photographs are split between research and interaction. I spend a lot of my down time studying a lot of esoteric wisdom, meditation, yoga and psychology, which gives me a wonderful base to broaden my thinking and understanding. I also spend a lot of time in nature while on my travels and there tends to be the connection of the two. This leads to a photograph; a kind of time stamp of the melding spot of vision, wisdom and nature. There are also many times during meditation where I will see in my mind a forgotten photograph I took three or four years ago. The photograph coming back to me in this way is a sign that it’s time to edit that particular image so that its story can be told.
Could you please tell us something about your technique and creating process?
I keep editing very simple, less is more and firmly understand what I am trying to convey during the process. I use lightroom & Silver efex pro II as my editing programs. I mostly crop to square format and may add some highlight tones only to warm up a black and white image to just give a hint of added emotion. My square format image default size is 8×8, with an outside frame of 13×13 (to align with the golden ratio). I only use printers I trust and have a wonderful working relationship with ~ This is imperative as they are helping to create your vision. I use Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 gsm paper and always uniformly double mat my photographs.
What do you do in your life besides photography?
Spirituality is a huge part of my life and I am currently studying as much as I can to become a yoga therapist. I love traveling, adventure sports and anything to do with the ocean and mountains.
What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?
The future holds many possibilities, but right now I’m looking to expose my art and vision to more people around the world. I have a real passion for visionary art and looking to bring this philosophy to more people by mentoring those who seek discover their own inner artist. Short term, I’m looking to travel to Peru for my next project and in the long term, I’m in the business development stage to create a unique photography travel company.