Happy Friday! To finish off the week on a high, we’d love to introduce you to Shutter Nomad, one of our adventure photographers. Discover how he couples sports and photography and the impact his travelling has on his work.
Before we get started, tell us a bit about yourself!
I am an adventure seeker at heart and even before I picked up photography, I was into travelling and exploring as many places as possible. I have been a resident of 4 different countries and I find that my biggest blessing in life as it has exposed me to so many different cultures and people. I am an active person, I’ve been a pro parkour athlete for about 4 years.
What brought you to photography in the first place?
I touched a camera for the first time while I was a parkour athlete, just to film and take pictures of myself and my friends training, exploring the city and just having fun. After I stopped parkour for various reasons, I held on to photography as I enjoyed it so much. Photography went so well with my wanderlust that it became a major part of my life, I had my camera with me all the time while exploring Dubai with my friends, whether its hanging out on the roof tops of Dubai or getting lost in the vast desert. People started to really like my adventures as I documented them on Instagram. And before I could comprehend, I was already a pro-ish photographer working with brands such as Adidas, New Balance, G-Shock and many more. With a few change of events in life, I ended up moving to the UK for good and loving the experience of exploring this beautiful country.
You’re always travelling and describe yourself as an “explorer” – how do you balance your creative work with your travels?
I actually do not travel as much as I wish to, I usually take 2 international trips a year and shoot as much as I can which kind of fills up my Instagram feed for the year with a mix of many shoots that I do locally. I do try and explore UK as much as I can and love visiting the beautiful national parks as I love nature. For me, being a creative is a life style. It comes naturally to me, I don’t find going through my shots and editing them as a task or work, it is as enjoyable for me as watching TV / Movie or listening to music is for normal people.
What’s the best place you’ve ever photographed?
This is so difficult to answer as every single place I travel to is so special to me. If I really had to choose, It’s gotta be Bali. That place is so amazing, the natural beauty is incomparable to any other place I’ve ever visited. I can never have enough of Bali.
A lot of your pictures are action-packed – how do you go about capturing shots like that?
The ‘action’ aspect of my photography comes from my connection with parkour. I feel gifted with the ability to judge as to which will be the most photographic angel of any human who is performing an action so fast that it finishes before you can comprehend what just happened. For example if anyone is doing a back flip or running or jumping across a big gap, anything of that sort, I have seen it and done it myself hundreds and thousands of times. So I know the most photogenic position of that action, when the body is perfectly aligned or symmetrical with my composition.
If you could give a piece of advice to beginner photographers, what would it be?
I would say just keep shooting, shoot till your memory card is full or your battery runs out. There is no skill that can beat the perfection that you achieve by practice and repetition. Look at other peoples work that you admire and try and replicate similar shots, speak to other photographers about anything that you have a doubt or a question about. And last but not the least, YouTube, YouTube is the best place right now to learn anything so make the best of it.
If you like Mohamed’s work and want to book him, head to his findr profile!