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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 th… Read More
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.

If you ever find yourself in Istanbul, email me and let’s get together for coffee and have a chat. Read Less
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