Rashed Almazrouei

Rashed Almazrouei, an Emirati photographer. I was born in 1978 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and work for ADNOC. Rashed divides his photography journey into two phases.

Originally his journey started in the year 2000 when he bought his first film camera during a trip to attend Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany. At that period of time, for almost 3 years, his interests were in shooting close-ups of flowers and insects utilizing the macro function in his kit lens. Also, he was interested to shoot candid shots and portraits mainly with family members and friends. 

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Almazrouei considers 2013 as his real starting point in photography after joining a photography group called “Photowalk Dubai”, where he became passionate about photography and was able to enhance his skills and have a different perspective on seeing through the lens. Now fascinated with travel, portraiture and street photography.

An extrovert by nature Rashed loves to interact with people, and found photography is his best way to establish that connection. “Photography is a window to the world, which looks different through the lens. Photography has that power to connect people. Photography gives me the opportunity to explore the world, learn about people,  customs and traditions, cultures & arts.

“If you like shooting culture and history, India is the best choice. If you are interested in portraits or street photography, there you will find people, lots of people. If you are looking for mysticism and Incredible landscapes; a destination in India for a good choice. India is the reason I fell in love with travel photography and elevated my skills to the next level”

“Photography is my passion, it is my way to express myself, no matter how busy the streets are, or how suffocating when turmeric powder fills your lung and burns your eyes in the middle of thousands of people celebrating “Haldi Festival”. The experience itself and the results I get from it wave away all the struggle and hassle I’ve been through” says Rashed.

It is one of the most joyful moments and I consider it as an achievement when I see, for example, an old lady’s smile looking at her picture on the camera screen or when she gets a printed copy of her photo. Another achievement is having some of my pictures being published in Photowalk Connect photo book “Moment” and exhibited in 2018 Xposure at Grand Stores stand. Moreover, I was honored to deliver a 5-minute speech about how to appreciate photography using our 5 senses and not only sight.

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