TTIM 178 – Tomás Tigchelaar Lourenço and Give Sea Life a Hand

Tomás Tigchelaar Lourenço, our guest for this episode of the podcast, is not a photographer, but he is using the power of photographs to effect some powerful change in the world.

In December of 2017 Tomás started the @GiveSealifeAHand Cleanup movement on Instagram.

This movement started during a beach walk in Portugal, when talking about ocean plastic pollution, he said something like “If fish had hands, this problem would have been long solved.”. Moments after, he looked at his hands and realized he had to give sea life a hand.

After a cleanup, he made a hand out of the trash he collected and tagged it #GiveSeaLifeAHand. Two years later he now has more than 150 hands from 95 different countries around the world and carried out 9 GiveSeaLifeAHand talks at primary schools in Portugal and Curaçao reaching over 300 kids with this message.

His motto is “Cleanups are the easy part, making them unnecessary is the difficult one.” Therefore his goal is to have a picture of a hand from every country in the world and reach the youth with this message through school talks.

We spoke with Tomás about this project, but also about other environmental and socially aware initiatives he’s involved with, including The Human Library organization and @flyplantbased.


TTIM 177 – Kav Dadfar

Kav Dadfar

Our guest for this week’s episode of the podcast is Kav Dadfar.

Kav is a professional writer and travel and landscape photographer, based on the outskirts of London, in leafy Surrey.

Kav has worked on various assignments as well as for commercial clients. His travel images are represented by various high-end stock agencies such as 4Corners Images and Robert Harding and they have been used by the likes of Condé Nast, National Geographic, Wanderlust travel magazine, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, American Express, Daily Mail, Sunday Times Travel, Express, The Guardian and many more.

He’s also a judge on one of the UK’s biggest photography contests, the Wanderlust Travel Magazine Photography of the Year competition. Over the years he has given talks at camera clubs and events such the Destination Show in London as well as being a regular writer for Digital Photography School (one of the most popular photography sites on the internet), LifePixel and ExpertPhotography websites. Over the years he has written almost 400 articles on photography.

Alongside writing and photography, Kav also leads small group photo tours and workshops around the world in a relaxed and fun environment.

As an exclusive to our listeners, Kav is offering his Essential Travel Photography Lightroom Preset Pack, which normally retails for £49, for free. Use the coupon code pod2020 at checkout to get it for free!


TTIM 176 – Paul Zizka in the Icy Wilderness

Our guest for this week’s episode of the podcast is Canadian nature photographer and adventurer Paul Zizka.

From the peaks of the Canadian Rockies to iceberg-laden seas off the coast of Greenland, Paul’s journey to capture the “under-documented” is a testament to his passion for exploration, his creative vision and fierce sense of determination. These qualities, combined with his pursuit of fresh perspectives and a deep love for the landscape, have resulted in an ever-growing portfolio of cutting-edge images.

Whether it’s wading waist-deep into a glacier-fed lake or chasing auroras from dusk til dawn, Paul is known for an adventurous spirit that draws him to the extraordinary. Highlighting his collection are his signature self-portraits, epic mountaineering moments, dreamy astrophotography images, as well as a window into some of the most remote corners of the planet.


TTIM 175 – Valérie Jardin in France

Valérie Jardin

We’re really excited to have back on the show one of our favorite guests and best friend, street photographer extraordinaire Valérie Jardin.

Valérie is a French photographer, currently residing in the United States. She is self-taught and worked for several years as a commercial photographer. Today, Valérie is known internationally through her workshops. When she is not teaching others the art of visual storytelling, Valérie is a prolific author, a speaker, and a podcast producer of the bi-weekly show Hit The Streets with Valérie Jardin. She lives and breathes in pixels.

Even though Valérie has been living in the US for many years, she still returns to her native France several times a year. In fact, she had just returned from Normandy when we caught up with her to discuss what makes France such a coveted destination, the differences between various regions, and the best Parisian neighborhoods to visit.


TTIM 174 – Andrew Gibson and Travel Photography When You Can’t Travel

Andrew Gibson

Nowadays travel to most of the world has sadly become impossible. Photographers, and especially travel photographers, are trying to find ways to keep their juices flowing while they can’t go very far or, in some cases, are not even allowed to leave their home.

Andrew Gibson is a photographer who has been forced to cancel all his travel plans in the last two years, not because of a pandemic, but because he and his wife now have a small child.

We spoke with Andrew about the ways he has been coping with this situation and how it has affected his photography and his business. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his toddler has become one of his main subjects.

He is also an educator and a writer. You can find all of his ebooks and other products at


TTIM 172 – Darlene Hildebrandt and the Venice Carnival

Darlene Hildebrandt

One of our favorite guests is back on the show! When Ugo interviewed Darlene Hildebrandt in episode 85, she expressed her intention to come to Venice for the Carnival and join the workshop that Ugo leads there every year.

Darlene is the creator of Digital Photo Mentor. She has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, and photography educator since 2011. Darlene provides valuable articles on her site, has a free ebook, and offers online photography courses, as well as photography travel tours. Her next tours are to Morocco in April and Peru and India in the fall of 2020.

As sometimes happens, things didn’t go exactly as planned and, also thanks to a broken foot, Darlene had to wait more than two years before she could come to Venice.

She finally did just recently and that was a perfect opportunity to interview her again and ask about her impressions of Venice and the Carnival.

We recorded the interview in busy St. Mark’s Square and, even though it was still 7AM, there was a lot going on. It was also quite windy, so the audio quality wasn’t the best, but everything is still perfectly intelligible.

We also recorded a video, that you can find below the fold.


TTIM 171 – Pia Parolin in Madagascar

Pia Parolin

Madagascar is a fabulous but also very troubled country. Its separation from Africa, millions of years ago, made it into a somewhat isolated an unique ecosystems with animals and plants that can only be found there.

When people came to the island, they started exploiting its vast natural riches and now that ecosystem is on the brink of collapse.

This hasn’t made people’s life easier, as they have to contend daily with poverty, corruption, and environmental degradation. Regardless, they are always keen to smile for the camera.

Our guest for this week’s episode, Pia Parolin, recently returned from a tour of Madagascar and is here to tell us about all the beauty and the contradictions of this country.


TTIM 170 – Valentina Tamborra, I Am The Border

Valentina Tamborra

What does it mean to live on the border?

It might be the border between humanity’s last dwelling at the edge of the Arctic, or the thin red line between continents, where migrants are trapped in a limbo and forgotten, or mountains of trash, where a few desperate people live precariously between life and death.

Valentina Tamborra, the guest of this episode of the podcast, is a young travel photographer and photojournalist, but she has already explored many of those borders.

She tells the stories of the people who live on the border with her images and her words. If you listen to this podcast, you will be transported there too.


TTIM 169 – Amy Inman, Grapes and Heroes

Amy Inman

The guest of this week’s episode is not a photographer, but we thought the story she wanted to tell deserved recognition.

The reason we travel to and photograph certain locations is because we love them and we would do anything to preserve them. High on the list of most-loved places for us sits the Cinque Terre region in north-western Italy.

This region is strikingly beautiful and extremely fragile. What not many people know is that the landscape there has been shaped by millennia of farming grapes and olives on narrow terraces, held together on the side of precipitous mountains by dry-stone walls.

Maintaining and constantly rebuilding those walls is the key to avoiding the destruction of the villages below, that we so love to photograph, by the elements.

This is why, when we heard about the Grapes & Heroes campaign, whose aim is to help the winemakers maintain those walls, we immediately wanted to help spread the word.

So one day Ugo, who has been photographing the Cinque Terre for years, sat down on the phone with one of the people behind the campaign, Amy Inman.

Amy is an American who fell in love with the Cinque Terre and has been living in Riomaggiore for the last seventeen years, so she knows the area very well. We spoke at length about Grapes & Heroes, but also about what makes the Cinque Terre such a unique place and what needs to be done to preserve it in the face of changing tourism trends.

You can find more about Amy at her blog, Cinque Terre Insider.