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Mahmoud Gaballah

Hello there and welcome to my humble website. I am an Egyptian Photographer based in Istanbul – Turkey. I have always had a passion for visual arts, and a special passion for photography.

Here is my story:

In 2006, I got my first digital camera and started experimenting and reading intensively about photography. What I really love about photography, is that photographs need no explanation; photographs deliver emotions, information & cause huge impact on all people regardless of their backgrounds, age and language. It’s a universal way of communication !!

It wasn’t until 2009 that I decided to take it a little bit more seriously and got my first DSLR. I started volunteering to give presentations in photography clubs. I was one of the very active team members who worked on projects like Help Portrait & Photography For Charity. We were organising trips, workshops and lectures about photography everywhere we could get to. Photography Clubs, Cultural centres, Universities and also Bibliotheca Alexandrina; the second largest library in the world!!.

I then started teaching private photography courses, along with doing some freelance work every now and again. Participating in photography contests was a very interesting venue for me to learn from other photographers’ work, get exposure and improve my skills in a competitive platform. After I received some awards in national contests, I started participating in PSA & FIAP recognised contests, until I received my AFIAP title.

All that happened while photography was still a hobby for me. After I graduated with a BSc. in Petroleum Engineering, I worked for Halliburton as a Directional Drilling Field Engineer for 3 years. I then realised that it was not the life I wanted to have. I decided to move to Istanbul – Turkey start a new life and follow my photography passion.

Mahmoud Gaballah
Somewhere on the road. Near Fethiye – Muğla – South west Turkey

I love travelling, and for the last 9 years I have made use of every vacation I had to go somewhere new. Explore a new city, a different culture or just do a road trip and enjoy the beautiful and interesting scenery on the road. So far I have been to Malaysia, Turkey, UAE, Greece, Spain & USA. I have been to over 50 cities and towns in these countries and in Egypt, and I want to recreate some of the experiences I had for anyone interested in seeing more than the cliche tourist attractions. I really enjoy discovering the true essence of the country. Which is barely represented in the famous places.

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