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Photography Galleries

Below are some images that give a small taste of the wide range of photography that I have done.

The work shown below is divided into six photo-galleries. You can scroll down to see them all, or you may click on the links below to go directly to the gallery:
1. Yoga
2. Dance
3. Editorial
4. Advertising
5. Fine Art Nudes

6. India

(NOTE: Depending on the speed of your internet connection, it may take a few moments for all the images to load and display.)

I have been part of the yoga community for over a decade and feel grateful to have worked with so many inspiring yoga teachers. As a profession Yoga is interesting in that most of the people at the top of this field are also genuinely caring and beautiful souls. Many have contributed selflessly to their communities beyond just yoga. It is gratifying for me to be able to show them in beautiful light.
When I arrived in the US at age 19, my first job was washing dishes in a restaurant near San Francisco. Many of the waitresses I worked with were dancers and they often took me to local dance studios with them. That is how I started photographing dance. I was still a dishwasher when I got my first photography assignment: shooting a ballerina from the Oakland Ballet Comany for a leg warmer manufacturer (back when leg warmers were popular the first time around!).
It is well known that doing photography for magazines does not pay as well as advertising work, but I love working with editorial art directors because they often allow us greater artistic freedom. I was a nerdy kid who loved to read, and I grew up with the allure of magazines with great photography like LOOK and LIFE. Even after all these years and dozens of covers I still feel a thrill when I hold a new printed magazine in my hands featuring one of my images on its cover.  
Advertising photography has been my bread and butter. It helped pay my way through an expensive school. It has allowed me to aquire photography and lighting tools that I could never have afforded otherwise. That in turn has elevated what I can acheive in my art photography. But more than the income what I treasure most is the company of other creative and talented people I have met in this field. I feel, at the end of the day, the quality of our lives is determined by the quality of the people we are lucky enough to be surrounded by. 
I grew up in small town India, in a world of veiled women, chaperones and arranged marriages. Even the boarding school I spent my formative years in was firmly rooted in strict British Victorian prudery of the highest order. So it makes me chuckle at the vagaries of fate that I am now known most for shooting naked yogis and dancers!
For over five thousand years India has been conducting an intense and personal experiment in spiritual discovery. I am fascinated by the mythology, art and culture that have flourished around this pursuit of enlightenment. Every few years I research a differnt spiritual path and then go visit its pilgrimage places. With my camera bag strapped to my back, I walk the dusty miles, hanging out with people who follow that spiritual path, listening to their stories. Going forward I would love to create products through which I can share these adventures and journeys with like minded amongst you. Please subscribe to learn about prints, books and greeting cards based on my photography in India when they become available.