How would you describe what you do?
I’ve called myself a photographer for a long time now, but I feel like my practice is expanding further as I increasingly experiment with mixed media. Now, I would say I am more of a visual artist with a focus on the photographic medium. I love fashion and portraiture, and much of the imagery I like to make explores aspects of my identity and tries to tell honest stories.
What are the main influences and inspirations behind your work?
I am from Karnataka, a state in Southern India. I didn’t realise when I first started to create work, but so many of my inspirations come from the environment I grew up in. I love Indian textiles, folk art, architecture, mythology and the way stories are told. I used to read graphic novels about Hindu gods and goddesses, and when I look back at some of my older archives, I see a lot of parallels between the two.
I also really admire the aesthetics and fashion of old Bollywood, particularly from the 1970s and 80s, and would say my photographs are heavily influenced by the theatricality and vibrancy seen on movie screens.