PROJECTS > For the Gods

For the Gods considers various facets of India’s economic and social structure in the wake of globalization. While the caste system is technically illegal, it is embedded in centuries of social and religious belief. The already wide contrast between rich and poor has been compounded by globalization and its effect on the environment. These photographs are designed to communicate contrasts within current environmental and economic realities in India. A gleaming pool within a gated community contrasts with the river of toxic foam that flows a short distance from its gates. The intent of this work is to raise questions of cause and effect, within our small world of finite resources.

The title for the exhibit comes from an experience I had while visiting the Golden Temple in Varanasi. As I lifted a garland of flowers from my basket of offerings to breathe in the aroma, the temple guide stopped me short and informed me, “The smell is not for you, it is for the gods.”