I am an independent environmental photographer & writer documenting the slow violence of ecological degradation and climate change on ecosystems & livelihoods along South Asia's rivers.
Wars make headlines. But the slow violence* inflicted on communities by environmental degradation and climate change, which is neither spectacular nor explosive, remains invisible and unreported.
It unfolds over temporal scales, its true implication manifesting over several generations. There is one such silent un-monitored crisis billowing across South Asia, and it has to do with freshwater.
Rainer Maria Rilke said of art — and it is also true of telling these stories,
“In this there is no measuring with time, a year doesn’t matter, and ten years are nothing.”I am criss-crossing the Indian sub-continent watching, learning, waiting, documenting this "slow violence" and following the changing fates of people and species dependent upon the land. I invite you to come along with me on this journey. It will be long, with switchbacks and plunges and smiles and tears, but it will take us into lives lived by rivers, in deserts, on the move, and high in the mountains. Together we will hear, and see; we will meet the people — fishermen, moneylenders, farmers, migrants, refugees, adivasis, landlords, nomads, children, and mothers .… together we will listen to stories of the lifeblood of our land. *Slow Violence & The Environmentalism Of The Poor
MY WORK HAS APPEARED IN:#Dysturb, The Guardian, Mint, BBC Outside Source, National Geographic Traveler India,The New Internationalist (UK), Scroll.in, Caravan, Tehelka, Peepli.org, Outlook Traveler, Quartz, Maptia (Editor's Pick), The ThirdPole, Sanctuary Asia, Better Photography India, Homegrown.in, RYOT.org, IndiaTogether.Org, and Yahoo! Media.
AFFILIATIONS, AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS:
- Contributor to #reframeclimate: #Dysturb & Magnum Foundation Exhibit at Look3 Festival From its origins as a street intervention in Paris during the #COP21 Climate Change Summit to the city of Charlottesville, #reframeclimate challenges the stereotypical notions of what climate change looks like in order to expand and deepen perceptions about its many implications.
- Grant: Earth Journalism Network Biodiversity Grant for work on the Gangetic dolphin, March 2016
- Contributor to @EverydayClimateChange on Instagram, since February 2015. This is a collaboration of photographers posting information from around the world on how anthropogenic activities are changing landscapes and lives around the world and what, if anything, is being done to mitigate it.
- "Endangered Estuaries" Photography Exhibition at Te Manawa, New Zealand
- Key note speaker at New Zealand India Research Institute's Sustainable Environments in 21st Century India, Massey University, NZ
- Media delegate in the United Nations Women's representation at COP21; Report, December 2015
- Award: Outstanding Photojournalism 2015; Society For Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Award, Honorable Mention, for Oil-spill in the Sundarbans
- Award: Exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society, London as part of the Environmental Photographer of the Year (EPOTY 2015) for Oil-spill In the Sundarbans
- Grant: The Asia Foundation & The Third Pole Fellowship in February 2015 to report along the Ganges in West Bengal.