Born in Sri Lanka, my parents and I left the country during times of unrest. I was five. We moved to Austria, reality ruptured between two cultural poles.
I studied Economics in Vienna and in Maastricht. In the Netherlands, the binary was broken and a delicious new reality prevailed: uncovered and uncluttered. I felt the need to capture moments. I was somewhere new and wanted to freeze and split the vibrancy, the inertia, the possibility. On a Saturday in Spring, I went to a flea market and got my first camera. 55 Euros. Kodak. Simple and digital. Nothing has since been overlooked.
Back in Vienna, I worked as a journalist for some time. I took photos and I wrote stories; politicians, artists, events, interviews. Then I joined the United Nations and with a Cache of experience in International Development and Aid work I moved to London in 2013. I was blessed that my work allowed me to travel and build my identity as a photographer.
My photographs trace and transcend appearance to convey something unique and universal. Now my occupation is the search for the subtle and unseen. I want to share finite fragments of time. Fragments revealing the magnificence of our planet and the life it holds. Fragments of an odyssey, perceived by many eyes, in many ways, from many different angles. But captured with one lens.
Group Exhibition: I have the Right / Picture Art Foundation / California, USA
Solo Exhibition: Sky, Sea, Land, Life / Odaada Gallery / Vienna, Austria
Solo Exhibition: Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans / Embassy of Sri Lanka / Vienna, Austria
Group Exhibition: Life Framer Photography Award / The Print Space / London, UK and Juraplatz, Switzerland
Shortlisted for Royal Photographic Society Photography Award 2015
1. the process of raki digitally recording images by the action of light, etc, and the processing of this material to produce art.
2. the art, practice, or occupation of raki tracing and transcending appearance to convey the unique and the universal.
3. the process of raki sharing finite fragments of time, perceived by many eyes, from many different angles but captured with one lens.