My great escapes: Catalin Marin

Award-winning photographer and Nikon Middle East ambassador Catalin Marin on his fondest travel memories from a life behind the lens

Snowy landscapes in Hokkaido

I once spent three weeks photographing the minimalist, snowy landscapes in Hokkaido in Northern Japan. One of my favourite moments was being with my tripod, buried to my waist in snow and watching the light change in the surrounding forest.

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Hokkaido

Camping in Antarctica

I really wanted to experience what it’s like to bivouac outside. I dug a hole in the snow, spread the bivouac, built a small snow wall at my head and spent the next few hours photographing.

Masirah Island in Oman

Sometimes, you don’t have to go too far from home to find amazing places. Masirah Island off the coast of Oman is gorgeous, and I spent a great evening with friends there, photographing the traditional dhows anchored just off the coast as the sun went down.

The Milky Way, viewed from Baobab Avenue

Madagascar is one of my favourite destinations in the world and Baobab Avenue, a baobab-lined dirt track, really stands out. I’ve been there a couple of times and most recently, I was able to stay until it got completely dark and the Milky Way appeared over the amazing baobab trees.

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Baobab Avenue, Madagascar

Herders in Djibouti

As the sun was setting on an almost dried-up lake where locals take their goats to graze, I shot the herders returning to their village in a scene that has probably been repeating for thousands of years.

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Herders in Djibouti

Camping in the Caucasus

In 2015, my wife and I travelled by car for three months from Dubai to Romania and back through 11 countries, camping along the way. One night we camped at an altitude of over 3,000 metres, and watched thousands of stars twinkle above us while falling asleep.