My name is Jay. I am an Australian wanderer, photographer, travel guide, and digital nomad specializing in India. You may know me as the creator of the International photography project so i asked them to smile, which explores the smiles of strangers. I am honored to have been interviewed in dozens of languages and featured in Better Photography Magazine, The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Huffington Post, Homegrown, Buzzfeed, Design Taxi, The Daily Mail, Bento, and National Geographic Online.
I first moved to India aged three, and spent the next twelve years living with my family, surrounded by colorful and vibrant villages in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. I think those formative years inform much of my photography, as I continue to be enthralled by the simple, colorful, historical and deeply spiritual layers of this complex culture. I try to take that same mood to every country I visit.
After returning to Australia to complete my education, in 2004, I moved to Mumbai to become an actor. Somehow, I then shifted into film production and advertising. Travel gradually took over my life as I once again began exploring India and her neighbors, all while honing my photography skills. From the vast snow capped Himalayan mountain ranges of Nepal to the palaces of romantic Rajasthan, and the rural villages and paddy fiends of West Bengal to the beaches of beautiful Sri Lanka.
In 2015, I decided to take my camera, leave Mumbai, and travel full-time. I am still going! I get to share my passion for travel via social media, my photography, guided trips, and 'A Wanderer's Eye' photography events. It allows me to focus on seeing the world differently and sharing what I learn with a much larger audience.
My current project so i asked them to smile started online in 2015, before I left Mumbai. During my travels, I continued sharing these smiles while expanding its scope to new countries. It has become my way of creating positive change. I want to see strangers differently, and help others to do the same. The project is now a traveling photography exhibition that premiered at Mumbai’s iconic Jehangir Art Gallery in December, 2017. Soon, we will add new countries, and add many new smiles along the way.
I try to bring a thirst for hidden beauty, culture and curiosity to all my work. My aim is to create unforgettable images and experiences that transport you to the heart of my adventures, and introduce you to the strangers who make them unique.
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