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 enthusiasts 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."
Presentations & Lectures
2018 Empowered Filmmaker Masterclass by VoVo Productions
With Farhan Umedaly and Thomas Isaac-Came
New Hazelton and Kamloops Editions, Canada
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
2017 - 2018 University of California, Los Angeles (Extension), USA
2008 (summer) University of Cambridge, UK
2007 - 2009 University of Southern California, USA
2003 - 2007 University of Mumbai, India
"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 is a gifted photographer, writer and human rights activist. I am moved by her extraordinary photographs and her big heart! Go see her work...you will be moved and changed!"
– Micki Dickoff Los Angeles, CA
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
– Aysha Shaikh Los Angeles, CA
"I met Sej at one of her exhibitions in Rishikesh, India in 2017 and was blown away by the way she could capture heartfelt moments and transform them into pieces of art. She agreed to take some photos for me to use for my website. The images she took were incredible! I have since used them for my website and business cards and continually get positive comments about them! I would highly recommend Sej for any photography assignment you may have!!"
– Andrew Olson Mullumbimby, NSW