We chat with photographer Hassan Badran and find out what inspires him to take such amazing shots.

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Traveling inspires me the most. There’s something so liberating about exploring a new city & meeting new people.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got in photography.

It started off with me taking photos of anything I found visually appealing. Whether it was the architecture of a building I was walking by, a sunrise I would catch before work, a coffee on a nice marble table or even my new sneakers laying on the floor – anything I thought looked nice, I would snap a photo with my phone.

I was eventually approached to take care of all of the product shots of a local retail store & was offered a Fujifilm point & shoot (my first camera). After a while, I decided to invest in a DSLR, a Canon 6D, and went on to shoot for fun.

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What camera do you use? Do you use any other kit when you are out and about?

I currently only use my 6D. Whenever I’m out, I always either have a backpack or a small messenger bag. I try to always have my camera on me just in case something catches my eye.

In my opinion, if one can create something that can inspire another to pursue their passion, that’s what is most important.

What inspires you? Are there any places in particular you are most inspired by?

Traveling inspires me the most. There’s something so liberating about exploring a new city & meeting new people.

There is so much that I have not yet seen, but if I had to give you an answer based on my previous travels, I would say San Francisco. The city is beautiful, the landscapes are breath-taking & the people are extremely nice.

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The topics of your images are really varied, from urban cityscapes to brooding landscapes. What do you look for in a great shot? What makes a great image?

It’s funny that you mention that. Every time somebody asks me to describe what kind of photos I take, I find it extremely difficult to give a simple straight answer.

As far as capturing a great image, everybody has their own point of view. A great image for one can be overlooked by another & vice-versa. In my opinion, if one can create something that can inspire another to pursue their passion, that’s what is most important. Everything else is relative.

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Who are your photography icons? Are there any photographers in particular that you look up to?

I would have to say Ta-ku, Jamal Burger & Heather Amistad. All of them excel in their own way. Every time I stumble upon one of their new photos, it fuels my urge to create more & always strive to get better.

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Name:

Hassan Badran

Age group:

25 – 35 years

Loves:

Travelling & coffee

Hates:

Mosquitos

Life motto:

Create & Explore

More on Hassan Badran

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