Jordan Hammond Magnifies the World Through his Lens

Colorful images with perfect composition of landscapes crossed during many travels, that’s what Jordan shares with his 265 000 followers on his Instagram account.
Each of his photographs tells a different and fascinating story, while being placed in an aesthetically homogeneous whole.
Jordan told us about his passion for travel, Asia and of course photography.

Hi Jordan, can you introduce yourself?

Hey! I’m Jordan, a 24-year old freelance photographer from Dover, UK. I’ve been exploring the ins and outs of Asia for the past 3 years with my partner Sophia, and documenting our travels as we go.

How did your passion for photography start?

I first picked up a camera whilst living in China in 2015 to send photos back to my family and friends, but soon realized I had a deep interest and passion for photography.

I realized that there were not many photos of more remote locations in China on the internet, so I decided to focus on travelling through China and photographing it as best as I could. After China, we began our journey through Asia, and haven’t looked back since.

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What you want to communicate through your photos?

I want to tell a story and shed light on different cultures around the world. I also hope that my photos show that travelling is doable and would love to inspire more people to travel.

Where do you find your inspiration?

My dad is a huge inspiration for me. He has always been so supportive and pushed me to follow my passion and not give up. As for photo inspiration, I love the work of @jude_allen, @jacob and @bejamin.

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What is the place that inspires you the most?

China. It’s such a diverse landscape and so untouched by foreign tourists, so it’s great to travel in. The culture is also so preserved which makes for really interesting photos.

What do you find there that you didn’t find anywhere else?

The diversity of landscape is a big thing for me. You can be walking through a Karst mountain landscape and within a few hours be in an ancient river town.

It’s also one of the only countries I’ve been to where it feels like a challenge- very few people speak English and so you need to make an effort to learn the language, which is something that’s not found in many parts of the world anymore.

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What is the best time of the day to take pictures?

Sunrise or sunset. My favourite of the two is probably sunrise, as you get not only the great light but also the absence of other people.

What photo gear do you take with you when you travel?

I take a Canon 5DM4, 16-35mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, DJI Mavic Pro and a Canon M50.

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What advice would you give to take good travel photography?

Wake up for sunrise, remember the rule of thirds and practice, practice, practice!

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What is your dream destination?

I would love to go to Bhutan or Tibet. They are both so beautiful and untouched, and I love going to places that aren’t plastered all over social media.

And your next one?

Next up I’m heading to Peru, where I am running a photography workshop of 11 days. Peru is such an interesting country so I can’t wait to go back!

You can follow Jordan’s travels on Instagram