May 2014

Featured Artist


Michael Kirchoff: Vignette

Project Statement

The intent of this portfolio is to capture people and places throughout the world, suspended in their very own place in time. Inspiration comes in the form of this definition from the world of theater: “vignettes are short impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a trenchant impression about a character, an idea, or a setting.” This is the real world theater that I endeavor to contain in a single still image. A timelessness that the viewer can look back at over and over again with no tangible aspect to date the image or the “Vignette” contained therein.

The use of the Holga toy camera brings about a process of using the simplest of tools to help in concentrating on the composition and content of each moment. No batteries, dials, buttons, bells or whistles of modern digital technology to distract . Merely line of sight and a single click of the shutter is all I want between myself and the subject, nothing more. As an ongoing body of work, “Vignette” will never truly be finished, unless the theater of daily life were to cease…and that is what I like most about it.

Michael Kirchoff Biography

Michael Kirchoff has a passion and addiction for photography that surpasses the tools used to make pictures. The latest digital technology, to the film based toy camera, to long expired Polaroid materials, are all instruments used in creating this art. Forging the dramatic image is the essence of that passion. Michael’s work can be recognized by a timeless and ethereal quality where the imperfections of the subject, camera, or technique are often highlighted as an integral part of the image. The chaos and constant state of flux in the world are used to his advantage, and hence would not be able to create without it. Michael resides in Los Angeles, CA, but travels the world to make unique and compelling pictures whenever possible.