Hunter Joslin's "The Circuit"
captures the natural beauty of India
An Indian Girl
Hunter Joslin displays his photographs of the nature and people of India in the William H. Hannon library exhibit "The Circuit: From Mother India to the Roof of the World”
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 8:01 pm, Tue Apr 8, 2014.
Julia McQuade, Life+Arts Intern
After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in business and theology, Hunter Joslin started a clothing company, which manufactured its clothes in India. After a year, the Seattle native decided to travel to India to meet the manufacturer, and see where the clothes were coming from. The trip changed Joslin’s life, and set him on a new spiritual and scholarly path, which led him to Loyola Marymount University, where he is currently working on his Master’s degree in comparative theology.
According to the LMU Library news website, over the summer, Joslin returned to India and visited Nepal, for a six-week program with the International School for Jain Studies (ISJS), and to Nepal, where he completed what he described as a “fourteen-day Annapurna Circuit, a trek of 114 miles, summiting Thorung La pass an elevation of 17,768 ft”. Joslin found himself taking countless pictures of the landscapes and people he came across during his travels, and was left with a huge collection of photographs. “I had all of these pictures,” Joslin said, “and I knew some of them were good.”
When Joslin returned from his trip, he was encouraged to get in contact with William H. Hannon Library, to figure out how he could display his work. “It all just worked out, the timing, the space, so I went for it. Art is meaningless unless it is shared, and everything just fell into place, so I jumped at the opportunity,” he explained.
Joslin’s photos are currently on display in the library in an exhibit entitled “The Circuit: From Mother India to the Roof of the World”. The exhibit will close on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30p.m., with an event during which the pieces will be auctioned off, with the money donated to LMU graduate student scholarships. When asked what prompted this generosity, Joslin simply replied, “I wanted to give back to the people who helped me along the way.”
The exhibit features a combination of exquisite landscape shots of towering snowy mountains and crystal lakes, as well as very personal portraits of the people Joslin came into contact with. Joslin spoke of the ways in which he had to communicate with the subjects of his pictures, as most did not speak English, and found the process of conveying what he wanted from them to be very interesting. He also noted how they didn’t have the same concept of “personal space” as most people here in the U.S. have, he had to get very close to them to take their pictures, and they didn’t mind, whereas most people in the U.S. would swat a camera out of their face if it came too close.
Even though Joslin has an entire exhibit of his work on display, he doesn’t consider himself a professional. “Everyone considers themselves ‘a photographer.’ I’m not a photographer, I just take pictures. But I can’t right now because my cameras locked in the library,” he joked. Joslin's camera is displayed next to his traveling documents, hiking boots and backpack.
Jamie Hazlitt, outreach librarian at Hannon Library says the event, which is co-hosted by the library, yoga studies and peace studies, “is really about a chance to see the exhibit and the silent auction." People interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP online on the library website.
To see more of Joslin's work, visit his website.
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