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I’m Daniel Nahabedian, a freelance travel & culture photographer, photography and Lightroom instructor as well as a Lead Photography Faculty at MatadorU. I currently live in Granada in Spain.
I am a multicultural Armenian guy, born in Lebanon during the civil war, raised in the United Arab Emirates, carrying a French passport and speaking 5 languages (currently learning my 6th one). I guess I could be called a “citizen of the World”.
After a long study in Law in Toulouse, France, I returned back to the UAE to work in the Human Resources field for 5 years until a life-changing experience on the Camino de Santiago in Spain in 2009 made me realize what (my) life was all about: It’s about creating, learning, sharing and making the most of it.
Since I was young, I always had a close relationship with Art. Fueling my imagination and creativity with Fantasy books, I was more into drawing and creating fantastic worlds.
In 2007, out of pure curiosity, I bought my first DSLR camera and discovered a new passion. I am completely self-taught and rarely go out without my camera.
Photography helped me realize what I most wanted in my life: to share knowledge, to develop my creativity, challenge myself and broaden my horizons by traveling. It was the perfect tool to accomplish these goals.
In 2009, I decided with a close friend to walk the famous pilgrimage path in Spain: the Camino de Santiago (St. James Way). A month and 800km later, I realized I was wasting my life in activities and jobs I dislike. I refused to continue any longer and left my job and home to travel with my camera in hand.
Travel is a luxury. Not everyone can (or wants to) afford it.
My personal mission is to share the knowledge I acquire during my travels. The World would probably be an easier place if people understood each other, the different cultures and traditions.
I don’t like sharing photos of misery and destruction. They move the viewer but never really help solve the problems. I’d rather share the “why” and “how” than trying to shock with beggars and hungry children.
Read about my personal Code of Ethics to understand how I work.