“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams
In 1983 when I was still in school, saved up enough from my pocket money to buy one of those basic cameras. Thus began my lifelong love for photography. Love turned into an addiction so intense that it did not even let me stick to a regular 9 to 5 job.
A self-taught photographer, I began my journey as a commercial photographer. I went through different phases ranging from documentation to product and model shoots and travel photography. One day this practice became monotonous and my ways of looking at my works and the process of creative thinking went through a drastic change. I began to tell stories through my images and grown to be a narrative photographer. My work is now about memories and through them I visualize narratives. Memories of those who migrated leaving their lives behind. The places and reminiscences that are left behind are my subject. My photographs are now populated by abandoned houses with creaking doors and gaping windows, staircases without steps, walls that no longer contains the inside. The humans are absent but it is through the signs of this absence that I map their memories. To me, it is like writing poetry only with images instead of words.
My works have won National awards. I have participated in several international art camps and residencies. The interactions with other artists have helped me grow further in my creative pursuit ad contributed to my evolution as an artist.