I was born and raised in Goa. My photographic interests lie in landscape, people, portraiture, culture, architecture and photojournalism. Areas of focus are Goa, Iceland, and the Death Valley region of California.
I have photographed extensively in Goa, recording its land, culture and people, elements that express its sui generis ethos. I have documented the destruction of Goa's environment and its slide from an idyll into the chaotic dreck that matches today's India.
For over a decade I have traveled widely in Iceland, to most of its remote areas, in an ongoing in-depth exploration.
I am also a musician with a lifelong immersion in the musical traditions of India. I live in California but spend significant time in Goa and Iceland.
I strive to create images that comport with my sensibilities and idea of beauty. My photograph is an interpretation, not a faithful documentation of “reality." Think of it as "reality" filtered through my personal aesthetic prism.
As a general principle, I do not insert objects that were not already present in the frame when I took the shot. However, I allow myself the license to erase objects that violate my sense of compositional balance. My artistic impulse is expressed well in the words of the great 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 Rauðasandur, Iceland by Veena Parrikar]
At sunrise. Dhuma and Prashant Kolwalkar, father-son duo from a traditional Goan fishing family, try their luck this morning in the mangrove lined waters in Britona, Goa. The catch helps supplement their income.
Back-breaking toil. Goan rice is among the best in the world and these are some of the women who keep alive the traditional methods of paddy cultivation. Earlier this July, I spent an evening with them in the village of Divar.