I am a British born Indian, born and raised in the Midlands. I work as a teacher, photographer, filmmaker and writer. My work explores the relationship between place, belonging and identity, and often uses historical archival material to show the inter-connections between past and present.
Although my work is firmly located within the realms of portrait and documentary photography, I am aware that traditional documentary photography can be problematic in a community setting. I therefore often use photographs from a range of different methods in my work to provide a greater level of context and understanding to the subject matter.
I often work in collaboration with my subjects, and am keen to ensure that the process of making art is empowering for the participant to the project. Over the past few years I have undertaken projects with people from the Gypsy community in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, Portuguese farm workers in Lincolnshire, people with mental ill health, and victims of racial violence from across the country, and Punjabi bar owners in the Black Country.
I am active in both human rights activism and art practice. I am member of the anti-racist charity, the Monitoring Group, the international art collective, ‘Blank Atlas’, the Nottingham Photographers’ Hub, Nottingham Photo Social and the Primary Studios in Nottingham.