I am Rishad Daroowala. I was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver.
I’m a photographer who shoots mostly travel and lifestyle images. I’ve been shooting for 4 years now and seriously for about 2. I’m also a Photography and Creative Media Producer for the Canadian Tourism Commission. I produce travel campaigns shared through social media – specifically by partnering with influential online personalities and brands.
Canada has quite a few qualities going for it…but I think its raw nature and diversity between provinces is unmatched. If you think about the landscape between British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Newfoundland and the Territories – you can appreciate how much this country has to offer and the endless opportunities for photography. Canada is not a small country, so it can often force you to be on the road or experience remote areas off the grid – which is a beautiful way to explore and travel.
It’s been life changing… It’s introduced me to a community of some of the most talented people I’ve ever met and opened doors in my career as a photographer and producer. The platform provides square doses of inspiration and is the main outlet for my creativity.
Working with Instagram and hosting influencers in Canada is a big part of my job, so my appreciation for the platform and being close to the community helps a lot.
I think it’s pretty neat that a social network can change the way you travel and meet people along the way. Last year I visited 5 or 6 countries and was able to meet local photographers from each region due to sharing one interest - a love for shooting. I think photographers tend to share similar interests: exploring, travelling, meeting new people, learning cultures and finding new spots to capture & create content – and Instagram bridges this connection. Through IG I’ve met people from around the world, many I’m happy to call my good friends now.
Probably the Yukon. I only had the chance to spend a few days there but I was visually mesmerized in that time. I’ve never visited a place that was so untouched by man and with such raw beauty. I was there during the Summer Solstice where there’s dreamy golden light from around 6 pm-3am. In terms of development, the Yukon hasn’t changed that much in the last 100 years…which you can really sense when you’re there.
Not really. Photography started by accident for me. In my previous job I was given a point-and-shoot camera and was asked to take photographs every now and then to update their Facebook page. I think I took a decent photo one day and it got me excited. Soon after I was spending most of my free time teaching myself how to shoot by watching videos online and practicing outside.
For me photography and travel both equally influence each other. The lines are now blurry between my work and my passion – which is how I like it.
Damn…that’s tough. I’ll pass.
I’m not sure. But I think a good photograph has a sense of mystery to it and makes the viewer think a little bit. I like shooting almost all portraits with neutral expressions because the emotion being expressed is uncertain. You have to think a little bit harder and the image can mean different things for different viewers. Really, I like when the viewer creates the story.
This year I hope to visit Japan, India, Alaska and Newfoundland and…and hopefully a few more places on the way. I enjoy road trips the most... I think it’s the best way to experience a new place and discover what’s in between your planned destinations – which is usually the best part. It’s a great way to connect with the people you’re travelling with as well.
Movement, J. cole, Holy Other, Nas , Shlohmo.