I was born and raised in Goa. I moved to the USA in 1988 for graduate study and obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
My subject interests lie chiefly in Landscape, People, and most aspects of Culture. I don't do Weddings, Fashion, Sports, or Wildlife. Goa and Iceland together serve as my photographic lodestar. The stark desolation of the Death Valley in California holds a special appeal.
My photographic work in Goa encompasses the land, its culture, and its people. I have documented the decay of Goa‘s environment and sui generis ethos thanks to India’s malign influence.
For 13+ years I have traveled all over Iceland in an ongoing exploration.
I am also a musician with a lifelong immersion in the musical traditions of India.
Silicon Valley in California was my home for 25 years. Currently I live in Iceland and spend time in Goa.
My images are an expression of my aesthetic temper, not a documentation of “reality” (situations when I have my photojournalist hat on excepted). As a general principle, I do not insert objects that were not already present in the frame at the time of capture. However, I allow myself the license to erase objects that violate my sense of balance and beauty. My artistic impulse is best captured in the words of the mathematician Hermann Weyl:
"My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful; but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful."
Photo taken in Rauðisandur, Iceland, by Veena Parrikar