I am a photographer currently based out of Chennai, India. I have completed a graduate program in Photojournalism at Ohio University, School of Visual Communication. I was born in India and moved to the US in 2009. I worked as a software engineer for 7 years before moving into photography in 2013. I speak English, Hindi and Tamil fluently. I can also read and write in all three languages.

I am interested in political science and modern history. I am interested in the intermingling of concepts and phenomenon such as power, war, nationalism, capitalism and poverty. My objective is to communicate social issues through the use of photography, video and writing.

My last project was on the Non-Camp Syrian Refugees in Turkey. I traveled to Turkey, on a grant from Ohio University. I am currently working on a project in Chennai, broadly based on the sub nationalism and violent ethnic pride that is emerging in cities in Tamil Nadu. 


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“I always joke with my friends that I will stop photographing when I find true love. I think romanticism is ingrained in us as children. However, as I grew up, this view of life started to disintegrate. The world can be a crazy place. Human beings are often a violent species. Photography helps me deal with constructs such as life, death, reality and meaning. It’s an existential solution to a very romantic problem.”