About Rajan Parrikar
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 at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
My photographic interests lie in Landscape, People, and aspects of Culture.
Goa and Iceland together serve as my lodestar. My work in Goa encompasses the land, its people, its cultural heritage. I have documented the decay of Goa‘s environment and its sui generis ethos thanks to India’s malign influence.
Over the last 14 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. I now live in Iceland.
My images are an expression of my aesthetic temper, not a documentation of “reality” (unless I have my photojournalist hat on). As a general principle, I strive to preserve the integrity of the scene before me. I do not introduce external objects into the frame but I may erase (or occasionally re-arrange) distracting elements in service of the composition. My artistic impulse is best conveyed 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."