Photographing the man-made enables me to record human ingenuity and its footprint left in the wake of our manufactured existence. My ideas are derived from the successes, limitations and transient nature of our human achievement aimed at improving the quality of life. From the development of buildings, fireworks, cars and space probes to complex industrial systems such as sea ports, aqueducts, oil refineries, food processing, et cetera, I’m presented with evidence that heightens my sensibilities about our dependence on nature to facilitate our creativity.
The resulting images depict my vision of an alternate kind of beauty. They are meant to engage the viewer’s curiosity and emotions in the aesthetics, imagination and grandeur of our complicity to perpetuate our finite experiences. For me, these images suggest a larger narrative on the nature of human progress, in which increasingly complex solutions ultimately become the problems that bear examining.
Born (1973) in Bombay, India, Neil spent part of his childhood years in Dubai. There he witnessed the transformation of a barren desert landscape into a thriving, manufactured oasis that sparked his interest in modern design and architecture. He moved to the United States in 1994 to pursue a BA from Indiana State University, where he concentrated his studies in conceptual design and urban architecture.
From 1998 to 2010, Neil worked in Chicago’s IT industry while immersing himself in the city’s prolific art communities, unique history and diverse cultural roots. This exposure would ignite a passion and lay the groundwork for his exploration in photography. He describes these years as fundamental to his maturation from a casual snap shot observer, to a photographic and print artist. In summer of 2010, Neil resigned from his tech career, removing the safety net of his IT job in order to focus on expanding his creative capabilities, and artistic vision as a photographer. He left Chicago later that year and continued his artistic exploration in other cities including Vancouver, Bombay and Los Angeles, as he began developing a body of work that would define his approach and style.
In 2013, Neil moved to Philadelphia where he studied printmaking at Fleisher Art Memorial. He is currently developing a new body of work slated for exhibition in 2016.
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