What story do you want your photographs to tell?
For me photography is a journey and my photographs are a record/diary of my feelings and observations. My admiration is to capture timeless beauty in simplicity, places and faces: young, old, happy or troubled… innocent.
How do you make the subjects in your photos to smile?
I don't ask anyone to smile for my photographs. Laughter and smiles of joy are different. Emotions and thoughts that go through one's mind while being in front of the camera are reflected in a person’s facial expression.
What life lesson did you walk away with after photographing in Rajasthan?
I keep returning to Rajasthan (India) and every time I go back I learn something new. The most valuable lesson I have learned is that we have nothing to complain about in our lives. Another, that saying "only a poor man's door is always open" is perfectly true. Not having even a bare minimum and being able to share it without asking anything in return is truly amazing! It touches me deeply every time.
How would you describe poverty?
One word answer would be- hunger.
A person's wrinkles signify....
Every face is unique. It's a roadmap of a person's life. A glimpse into one's eyes and wrinkles is all it takes to be captivated by the stories they have to tell.
What inspires you?
Open road and simplicity, people and their stories. Life in the Thar Desert or The Great Indian Desert, as Indians proudly call it, where stretches of sand are interspersed by hillocks of gravel plains, with a steppe like vegetation. Temperatures fluctuate enormously between the heat of the day and the coldness at night. Rainfall is low and water found deep below the ground. Even though life is miserable, uncertain and tough, it's full of action and thrill.