About Rajan P. Parrikar

Rajan P. Parrikar in Rauðisandur, Iceland

Rajan P. Parrikar in Rauðisandur, Iceland
Photo by Veena 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.

Declaration:
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 strive to preserve the integrity of the scene before me. I do not insert objects that were not already present in the frame at the time of capture. However, I may erase objects that are a distraction to the composition. My artistic impulse is best expressed 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.”

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