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Ignacio Palacios

I am a freelance travel and nature photographer from Spain who has had the privilege of travelling around the world since 1998 collecting an extensive and hopefully strong set of images of people, places, wildlife and landscapes across ninety countries in all continents.

For me travelling is a lifelong passion for seeking adventure, discovering new places and collecting new experiences. I travel because I am curious. I am curious about people, their cultures, how others live, what they believe, and how they see us. Every trip enriches me and expands and changes me. I discover more about myself.

I also hope to make a difference through my travel photography. I want to raise awareness about the environment and human right issues in some of the countries I have visited. It is my hope that people realise that we have a beautiful world and we should protect it.

Like many other photographers, what began as a hobby has finally turned into a profession. It all started back in 1998 when I went travelling to North America. That was an amazing experience that changed my life forever but it was during my second long trip around the Middle East that I realized that I loved travelling just as much as I loved photography. I was hooked from the first roll of film but in this trip I also realized that I had a lot to learn and that the world was such a huge and beautiful place that it would take me a considerable amount of time to travel and photograph it.

I was not quite ready to take the final step to become a travel photographer, but in May 2007 following a number of trips to Europe and three consecutive trips to India, I went travelling around the world for nearly two years in Asia, Australasia, North America and Africa.

“Everywhere is walking distance, if you have the time” (Stephen Wright)

It was during this first round the world trip, and particularly in India where I learned to watch and wait for life. All good photos start with a great journey, and journeys, open the heart, the mind and the eyes. During this fourth trip to India I got really inspired and made the decision to pursue a career as a travel photographer and follow in the footsteps of three generations of photographers in my family. Since that trip, I have been drawn back to Asia again and again, lured by its people, architecture, temples, ceremonies, festivals, its colours and smells.

Above all, I consider myself a traveler and then a photographer. I enjoy simply spending time at a beautiful location, among the local people. I believe that there are many different ways of experiencing a place and photography is one of them. Every time I travel, in every single moment, I look for possible pictures opportunities. This passion to photograph the world makes me focus on details that I was not aware of before.

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