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Who doesn’t love travelling, visiting new places, and to embark on adventures? Who wouldn’t want to capture those memories, recall and relish on them later? Travel and adventure photography often involves storytelling and focuses on capturing special moments and atmospheres. Travel photography has the unique ability to inspire, motivate, and enlighten viewers by visually conveying the atmosphere, culture and feeling of any given destination.

There are many different approaches to travel photography. You can focus on people, take self-portraits, emphasise landscapes, or dive into aerial photography. Travel portrait photography poses the distinct challenge of capturing that depth in an image; all while travelling through places where the photographer might not speak the language or be familiar with the customs.

Ameer Shah Mohamed Farook is a travel photographer and the person behind the lens and social media page Karuvadgraphy.  A friendly personality with some impressive skills to shoot artistic photography. From wildlife to landscapes and night photos, Ameer is exceptional in several areas of photography.

He was born in Akkaraipattu, a small beautiful town in the Ampara District, Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Akkaraipattu is blessed with natural landscapes, sceneries and beautiful sunsets. Ameer does an excellent job at visualising stories through his images. His style revolves around cold colours and a foggy atmosphere.

Ameer is a true visual artist. His photos look as if they were paintings. He takes advantage of gorgeously colourful skies and landscapes around the country. His way of using a central composition proves that this technique is definitely not as cliché as some think.

He uses a unique perspective to capture his travelling adventures, mostly using a wide-angle lens to include all of his surroundings. Wherever he travels, he tries to take a photo of the hidden gems of the place. Tiny houses, forest trails, and local animals are all common subjects of Ameer’s photography.

Tell us a bit about your passion for photography and travel?

When I was a kid, I love looking at the desktop wallpapers. I wondered who would capture these desktop wallpapers and that very question buzzed in my mind until I saw through the viewfinder. My passion for photography comes from my inspiration for wallpapers.

 I started capturing photos during my school days. I learned to operate a DSLR camera from my brother Afrath and started clicking his portraits for his Facebook posts back in 2012. At the same time, I clicked flowers and butterflies in my garden just like any amateur. I progressed as a decent photographer when I started to get out of my cocoon.

 I am not much of a regular traveller but I go places which calm my mind or make me awe-struck. I love to show the untrodden destinations to the world. Mostly, I visit hidden gems and it makes me feel like Neil Armstrong when I first step foot into that destination.

What does capturing a unique image mean to you?

I never accept the scene as it appears to be, as a creator behind the lens, I always see how it would look as an output and as the final image you all see.

Every image I capture is unique, each picture holds the magic to it. The location, light, frame, time and the story behind every picture are unique. So, capturing a unique image makes me a magician.

Anything else that you would like to add?

As the famous saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility”. If you love to travel and see magnificent destinations, keep a space in your backpack to take back what you brought or any waste. Be a responsible traveller!  We as humans have the power to destroy as well as conserve nature. So, choose wisely.

By Shafiya Nawzer