The other day while browsing through the web for travel blogs, I came across Daniel Nahabedian, blogger at Canvas of Lights. There was something about the photos he takes that left me flipping through his blog page after page.For those whom loves photography, he gives some tips and tricks on his website. So without much further ado, I introduce to you- Daniel Nahabedian!
Why hello there Daniel, can you briefly introduce yourself and your blog?
My name is Daniel Nahabedian, an Armenian-French-Lebanese Travel Photographer and Photography workshop instructor living currently in Spain. I also run my personal photography website ‘Canvas of Light’ where I share stories and images about travel and culture, as well as photography related content such as tutorials and reviews.I started photography only recently in 2008, after buying my first DSLR and discovering a new passion.
In 2010, after traveling in countries such as Iceland and walking across Spain, I decided to quit my HR job in the UAE and become a full-time freelance travel photographer. I decided to settle in Chiang Mai in Thailand while working on my new website and building my freelance business from the ground. Now, I have been published in different online publications, work as a private photography instructor, teach about the business of Travel Photography at MatadorU online university and enjoy my new life in the South of Spain.
I see on your blog that you have a passion for photography, how do you create a certain emotion through your photographs?
Photography is visual storytelling. It is a powerful medium to document life around us without the use of words. But, in order to create a certain emotion in your photos, it is important to really experience yourself the story that you are documenting. You have to immerse yourself in the story, live it, understand it and then document it. You have to be patient and wait for the best time to press the shutter.
If the story is about people, you need to spend time with them, understand their life and gain their trust. If it’s about landscapes and locations, you need to revisit the place different times of the day to see how the light changes and what’s the best angle to capture the scene. Patience is one of the most important tools in a photographer’s set.
You briefly mentioned before that you have moved from Thailand to Spain. How did you cope with this transition and culture difference?
Moving from Thailand to Spain was an interesting transition after living 3 years immersed in Asian culture. My wife and I purposely chose a city (Granada) that has the same ‘vibes’ as Chiang Mai since we were happy with our life in Thailand. We wanted a city that was not too big or too small, and had a certain ‘laid back atmosphere’.It was actually a little more difficult to transition from the UAE to Thailand than from Thailand to Spain. Life in Thailand is much slower-paced and people have a “mai pen rai” (no worries) attitude that is not found in big cities like Dubai or Abu Dhabi. So far we are integrating well in Spain and since I already speak the language, it’s not as hard as we expected.
What are some of the most important things you have learnt so far from your travels to different countries?
There are many things one can learn from traveling in various countries. The most important thing is to realize that other places are not much different than your own neighborhood. People just get on with their daily lives just like everywhere else and the dangerous world portrayed by the media is false.But certainly the most important things I have learned after traveling for a long time are all about self discovery and understanding. I have learned to know my strengths, my weaknesses, my passion and try to control my fears (doesn’t always work!)
I traveled across the world not only to discover different cultures, but also to completely rediscover myself.
You can follow him on www.canvas-of-light.com orTwitter @Canvasoflights or Facebook
(Photos in this post are taken by Daniel)