3 days ago
This is my world. Or should I say, this has been my world for the past 6 years. Traveling and hiking in remote places, far from the crowds, just to feel alive and reconnect with nature. I still live for those moments though I feel like something is missing.
Since I started the Peaks of Europe project in 2017, I realized I’ve been more and more attracted to documentary photography every day. For years I’ve been admiring photojournalists and photographers who put themselves in critical situations, who get out of their comfort zone, just in order to capture the world and tell stories that are important to be told. Some might think that my travels are already synonym of stepping out of one’s comfort zone. The truth is, for me, I don’t feel like it is anymore. I can’t remember a single time I ever found myself in an uncomfortable situation just to bring back an important set of photos.
I feel that my old routine of traveling with no other goal than photographing beautiful places and wilderness is slowly coming to an end, and Peaks of Europe was the start of this new chapter of my career. I now deeply feel inside of me that I need to travel to connect with human people first, learn from their culture, and tell their stories through my photos. This is what I actually started to do for about a year now, but never really dare sharing that on here. Now that I’m in my 30s and have been taking photos for almost a decade, I have a better vision of what truly inspires me and where I want to take my career as a travel photographer. I think it’s time to fully embrace that and see where it’ll take me.
To celebrate their 100M followers @natgeo is challenging everyone to show their world. Funny enough, this contest was launched just a day after I decided to come back on this platform after a 4-month hiatus, with a clearer idea of what I want to show you and what I want to tell here. Actively supporting environmental initiatives and focusing more on the storytelling aspect of my photography will be my main goals for this year, while I’ll still be sharing some landscapes and commissioned work on here, just less than before. I hope you’ll stick with me. #natgeo100contest