My 8-year-old daughter returned from school one day and asked me if she was beautiful.
As a girl, who grew up in a patriarchal society back in a small town in India, I have battled all my life with the constructs of beautiful or ugly; boy or girl; normal or abnormal, rich or poor, pink or blue.
For me, this world has always been divided into binaries, and I noticed my daughter started to develop a similar worldview.
And so, I started this series as an effort to work toward the expansion of humanity. A world without exceptions. A world that moves away from binaries. It is an ongoing series.
A decade ago, I moved from a small town in India to the UK, where I finished my Masters’s degree in International Relations at King’s College London.
I am not sure when this tryst with photography happened, but it came at a very timely segue in my life. I was battling clinical depression, and photography became a form of self-expression – my way of communicating with the world.
My education and background in journalism inform my approach to exploring my internal narratives within my surroundings and personal universe.
In 2021 I won or was shortlisted for multiple awards in the UK and internationally, such as TIFA’s Photographer of the Year and BIFA’s Portraits of Britain.
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