visual architect | self-relocation engineer | master investigator
BEHIND THE LENS
Lanvi T. Nguyen
Lanvi T. Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American photographer based out of Northern Virginia whose passion for capturing the world through lens speaks for itself. As an alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University's art program, inspired by the energy of her colleagues and time in Richmond, she has dedicated herself to documenting her environments both familiar and foreign, recently photographing Shanghai and Chongqing, China. Her work began as micro studies of objects, but has since evolved into full scale observations on the unspoken & things that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Nguyen believes that every image contains words that form a narrative or a conversation, her photographs to be visual poetry of the dialogue. It is not about the object held between her hands. The process of investigation focuses less on what is seen through the lens of a camera, but more on what is rendered on the camera. She uses the photographic medium as a canvas, & seeks to imbue these quiet exchanges with perceptible properties. Everything exists in a state of flux, so each image is unique in its focus on time, space, or surface. Nguyen “turns up the volume” to allow that which cannot be seen with the naked eye to become manifested in her photos. What is captured is this playfulness between the intangibles & the weightlessness in solid forms. She has captured these images through trial and error, tinkering with time, and learning to “listen” intuitively.
Nguyen’s personal studio is based just outside of Washington, D.C., where she can be found surrounded by her books and her ever-growing list of ideas. Lanvi’s appetite for unearthing the obscured is what truly fuels her, and with over two decades of art-making under her belt, saying she loves what she does would be an understatement.
She finds inspiration from extensive and varied experience working with people, the tangibles, and the simplistic, intangible beauty that coexist in her life.
"Dedicated to deciphering the vast enigmatic landscape grain by grain & pixel by pixel in a state of wakefulness.
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