Born and raised as a fourth-generation expat in Dubai, UAE and having freshly moved to India – the country of her citizenship and ethnicity – in December 2020, Harsha has long been curious about narratives centered around home, identity, childhood, race and the politics of belonging.
Armed with a Bachelors in Interior Design, Diploma in Furniture Design and years of experience in event management and design, Harsha serendipitously found herself exploring her childhood fascination with photography while making pictures for her friends’ bands. Quickly turning it into an all-consuming career in 2016, she made moves through commercial, wedding and event photography to finally become most taken with documentary, mixed-media visual art and as a passionate diver, underwater photography. During the first phase of her art career as she sees it, she has taught photography workshops to children for Canon Academy, landed ATL+BTL editorials for clients like Emaar, spoken at wedding photo seminars supported by Nikon MENA and been seen on spaces such as Goethe x GulfPhotoPlus Dubai, FeatureShoot, CreativeLive, FStoppers, with more recent virtual group exhibitions on Lenscratch and The Curated Fridge.
Harsha is now progressively exploring further nuance in technique and subject alike, working with open-ended questions around sexuality, psychology, conflict, animal rights and growing global concerns around environment and food security using allegory and contemporary surrealism in analog and virtual media. In her spare time, she is birthing an initiative to promote visibility for BIPOC women from the majority world in diving, conservation and the marine sciences.
She is available for documentary, underwater, NGO and commercial editorial assignments globally.