Sej Saraiya is an Indian photographer and writer whose photographic journey began ten years ago in the Amazonas where a night long conversation with an elder opened her eyes to the wisdom of those “who have not yet forgotten the old ways”.
After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2009, she started to travel to the unexplored interiors of the culturally rich Asia and the Americas in an attempt to transcend language and cultural barriers and explore consciousness. Although she had been seeing the world through a lens since she was ten years old, it was only then that her camera became an extension of herself.
Her artwork has been purchased by collectors in Belgium, California, New York, and India. She is currently documenting vanishing cultures around the world.
"The reason I photograph is to experience human existence beyond the precinct of words. As human beings, we often overuse our ability to communicate—expressing more, experiencing less. Most world philosophies have adopted sabda or ‘word’ as the single valid means of knowledge. But the human spirit illuminates magnificently with direct perception and inference. And the story lies in the unspoken word."
2018 Faces of the Indigenous
Opening May 25 at 8:00 pm
Garifuna International Film Festival
Venice, California, USA
2017 Sacred India: Advaita
Rishikesh Art and Film Festival
Uttra Art Gallery
Opening May 19 at 7:00 pm
Nous Tous Art Gallery
Los Angeles, California, USA
2017 The Beatles Visit to India
Santa Monica, California, USA
2017 Evoking the Unseen
Venice Love Shack Art Gallery
2017 School's Out Forever
Legato Art Gallery
Presentations & Lectures
2017 Storytelling, Filmmaking & Consciousness
With Marc Baraka Strauch, Rishikesh Art and Film Festival, Rishikesh, India
2017 Evoking the Unseen
Organizer and host for Evoking the Unseen, an event featuring live classical music, poetry, and a photography exhibition
"I fell in love with Sej's photography at first sight. How can you react otherwise when pure love and wisdom appear all of a sudden in front of you? Sej has the same boundless love for humans, for life and for TRUTH (I would have written "for God" but I know this word is often so widely misjudged). This love combined with a rare Intelligence of the heart, conveys an incredible depth to her portraits. Watching one of her works is like listening to Mooji's satsang: it is so simple, direct and crystal clear, it brings you home to your universal Self. Deep deep gratitude for your work, beloved Sej, and for who you are. You are an artist, and I feel so lucky that we met in Rishikesh. I love you."
– Véronique Lenne Brussels, Belgium
"Sej's work has a beauty and rawness to it that touches the heart, almost as though she shares a part of her soul with every piece of her work with you. She did a newborn session for her beloved niece and my daughter and captured some memories that will forever be etched in our hearts. She worked so well around her natural routine of the day without disturbing her or making her cry even once, which I think is what makes her stand out. Her ideas were so unique, her captures were very heartfelt and truthful which just brought out the best in us. She later took some toddler pictures which adorn our home, but the beauty is she never did a session with us. She was able to capture those while following her around in her daily routine. She is very detail oriented and does a great job!"
– Sonal Saraiya Houston, TX
What a privilege to witness your beautiful art after Mooji's powerful satsang. My blessings that you will continue your journey through your lens and capture all of the divinity of our world, and transform it through your art.
– Ileana Katzenelson San Diego, CA
"Amazing photography and even amazing stories captured and expressed through them. Sejal reflects her beautiful physical and spiritual journey through her shots."
– Aysha Shaikh Los Angeles, CA