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Freya Dowson

Editorial documentary photographer ✧ restless traveler ✧ based in London | freya@freyadowson.com

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Greece has been pretty good to us ✨ It wasn’t exactly what we were planning, I didn’t get all the time in the ocean I was hoping for, and the last three days were too windy to even go near a beach - but we made the most of it by eating all the good food and taking our little rental car on mini road trips. And the sunsets we managed to see made me feel like I just want to keep coming back again and again 💛 • #greece #awesomeearth #liveforthestory #passionpassport #makemoments #beautifuldestinations #amazingplaces #whyweadventure #holdthemoments #milos #worldcaptures #seekmoments #travelwithintention #gritandvirtue #welivetoexplore #whywecreate #athomeintheworld #in2nature #forahappymoment #lightinspired #beautifulviews #earthoutdoors #untoldvisuals #conservation #mountainstones #mynaturestory #travelgreece #greekislands #WHP🙂

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I’ve taken such courage from all the mamas I’ve met around the world this year - as much as they may struggle in their circumstances, they are like a lion when it comes to their children. Thank you so SO much for your kind messages after my stories today, I’ve cried again and again reading them - THE HORMONES!!!😭❤️ • #holdthemoments #simplejoys #awakethelight #visualscollective #adventurethatislife #theartofslowliving #liveforthestory #passionpassport #ofsimplethings #documentlife #travelwithintention #pakistan #awesomeearth #whywecreate #worldcaptures #liveforthestory #gritandvirtue #lovetheworld #amazingplaces #everydayeverywhere #recklessimage #camp4pix #natgeoyourshot #forahappymoment #athomeintheworld #lightinspired #moodcollectors #guardiantravelsnaps #natgeotravel #awakethesoul

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It has taken so much willpower to keep this secret all year, BUT... There are two babies in this picture!! The other one you’ll have to wait until the end of September to meet though ❤️❤️ This little bump has already traveled more in its first 21 weeks of life than I did in my first decade! P.s. we already know the gender but I’ll share that a bit later on 🤰🏼 • #WHPgetlost #awesomeearth #lovetheworld #whyweadventure #makemoments #holdthemoments #welivetoexplore #gritandvirtue #liveforthestory #everydayeverywhere #forahappymoment #dametraveler #dametravelerconnection #darlingescapes #choosejoy #beautifulmatters #wearetravelgirls #seekmoments #travellifestyle #ofsimplethings #adventurethatislife #neverstopexploring #getoutstayout #followmefaraway #asecondofwhimsey #travelwithintention #globelletravels #sheexplores #ladiesgoneglobal #pakistan

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It feels like life has been so full these past few months. I’ve been feeling all the feels: happiness, sadness, fear, heartbreak, disappointment, joy... it’s been a lot! Some of the highest highs, and some pretty big lows - the assignments I’ve had lately have been kind of tough, if amazing. I’ve been pouring my whole heart into my work, going non-stop while balancing big changes in my own life and trying to find the time to process all of that. I think I need a break, but for now I’ll just keep working (from my bed, that’s my compromise)! I’ve been hearing a lot of people saying the same thing lately though - some blame in on the moon, some blame it on the cold weather. I’m not sure what it’s about but I have some fun travels coming up and that’s what keeps me going 💛 Adam and I are heading to Greece this weekend for a start!! • #alifeofintention #passionpassport #lostfam #visualsoflife #whywecreate #natgeoyourshot #visualscollective #travellifestyle #holdthemoments #searchwandercollect #agameoftones #chasinglight #hurrayforplay #simplejoys #peoplescreatives #lovelysquares #liveforthestory #makemoments #inspiremyinstagram #thehappynow #adventurethatislife #theartofslowliving #livemoremagic #roamnation #mynaturestory #botanicalpickmeup #forgeyourownpath #gritandvirtue #naturallyimperfect

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Back in London and thank goodness the sun has arrived! I think the cold and grey skies were sending me slightly loopy and I couldn’t imagine returning from Jordan to the gloom. On the first day of sun a little while ago I stopped in at @marestreetmarket for breakfast with @taniajoyfjane bright and early. We’d been a few weeks ago for drinks with the boys one evening and it’s definitely my new favourite place to hang out in Hackney. It’s pretty new and I think it’s going to get crazy busy over the summer so if you’re close by, definitely try to check it out before it’s on everyone’s radar! #TOMSeurope #travelingTOMS #ad#prettylittlelondon #thisislondon #prettycitylondon #ilovelondon #ofsimplethings #gritandvirtue #naturallyimperfect #urbanjungle #the_gentle_manifesto #wearetravelgirls #ladiesgoneglobal #global_ladies #wearetravelladies #forgeyourownpath #dametraveler #sheisnotlost #darlingescapes #globelletravels #sheexplores #dametravelerconnection #makingmoments #mystoryoflight #nothingisordinary #naturallyimperfect #myeverydaymagic #momentsofmine #seekmoments

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I arrived home from Jordan today after such an intense but amazing trip. On the way back from the airport I was telling Adam about some of the Syrian refugee women we had met and for the first time I couldn’t make it through a story without crying. - In some of the stories we heard it felt like there was a glimmer of hope for the future, just something to cling to - some family they had left maybe or the dream of going home one day. But for others it felt more as if hope escaped them, and all they could do was imagine how their lives may one day improve even if they couldn’t see how. I knew the war in Syria had created such devastation, but it’s entirely another thing to watch these women cry and hear how, for them and their children, life will never be the same. Everything they had is just gone - their home, their families, their husbands, everything. - I’ll share more on the women we met and their stories when I can, if you’d like to hear more.💛 Shot on assignment for @acf_uk#WHPimagination #visualscollective #thephotosociety #liveforthestory #lensculture #natgeoyourshot #passionpassport #lightinspired #worldcaptures #gettyimages #travelwithintention #jordan #athomeintheworld #whyweadventure #whywecreate #refugee #gritandvirtue #camp4pix #eyeson #lensculture #documentaryphotography #one_shot_ #dametravelerconnection #magnumphotos #reportagespotlight #peopleoftheworld #one_shot_ #apimages #lenscultureportrait #hikaricreative

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I just heard from a friend in Pakistan that last Saturday 23 coal miners were killed in one of the mines by a gas explosion that caused a cave in. I can’t help but wonder if I would recognise any of the faces of the men and boys who were lost.💔 • #awakethelight #eyeson #lensculture #one_shot_ #passionpassport #peopleoftheworld #natgeoyourshot #magnumphotos #lonelyplanet #lovetheworld #natgeo #everydayeverywhere #worldcaptures #documentaryphotography #documentaryphotographer #reportagespotlight #travellifestyle #thephotosociety #gettyimages #everydayeverywhere #pakistan #lovetheworld #alifeofintention #travelwithintention #whyweadventure #camp4pix #whywecreate #quietthechaos

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Have I ever mentioned that I used to have a long running feud with goats? I know that sounds insane, but wherever I traveled for years I would annoy them everywhere I went, and I’ve got a head-butt to the kneecaps more than once! We’ve made our peace over the years though 💛🐐 • #WHPoddlysatisfying #whyweadventure #holdthemoments #worldcaptures #liveforthestory #eyeson #natgeoyourshot #camp4pix #welivetoexplore #everydayeverywhere #pakistan #documentaryphotography #discoverearth #seekmoments #recklessimage #exploreourearth #natgeotravel #lensculture #guardiantravelsnaps #gettyimages #postthepeople #portraitfolk #one_shot_ #documentlife #posthepeople #magnumphotos #athomeintheworld #travelwithintention #passionpassport #goatsofinstagram

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Flashback to sunny London, adding to my my plant family! It’s one of my favourite things to do. The @conservatory_archives is pretty close to where I live and it’s way too tempting to stop in here for some photos and a new plant more than once a week - also it’s an amazing place to stop in and cheer yourself up with some plant love if you need it. It’s not quite The Wild but it’s as close as I’ve managed to find here in East London. And obviously it’s kind of the most beautiful place for a photo, don’t you think? #TOMSeurope #travelingTOMS #ad#prettylittlelondon #thisislondon #prettycitylondon #ilovelondon #plantproblem #botanicalpickmeup #ofsimplethings #gritandvirtue #plantlife #naturallyimperfect #mynaturestory #urbanjungle #plantshelfie #plantsmakepeoplehappy #the_gentle_manifesto #wearetravelgirls #ladiesgoneglobal #global_ladies #wearetravelladies #forgeyourownpath #dametraveler #sheisnotlost #darlingescapes #globelletravels #sheexplores #dametravelerconnection

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Golden evenings in Pakistan ✨ It’s been a long week and I’m not feeling too far from this right now - when you’re tired and a bit tearful, and maybe hungry too but you just can’t tell anymore? Except swap the pakora for a pizza 🍕 But I’m off again tomorrow, ten points if you can guess where!✈️ • #holdthemoments #simplejoys #WHPcolorpop #visualscollective #hurrayforplay #adventurethatislife #thephotosociety #roamnation #liveforthestory #livemoremagic #chasinglight #lensculture #natgeoyourshot #passionpassport #livesimple #choosejoy #seekmoments #ofsimplethings #lightinspired #worldcaptures #documentlife #forahappymoment #alifealive #gettyimages #followmefaraway #travelwithintention #pakistan #athomeintheworld #whyweadventure #pakistanigirl

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The thousand mile stare. No one knows exhaustion like a coal miner at the end of the day. - We’d met earlier when I was photographing him. This time though I really couldn’t tell if he just hadn’t seen me or if he was too tired to give a damn but I was five feet away from him taking this picture and he didn’t even look at me once. He just stared at nothing until I walked away. Later when I went back he was still in the same position, staring at the same spot. • #awakethelight #eyeson #lensculture #one_shot_ #passionpassport #peopleoftheworld #natgeoyourshot #magnumphotos #lonelyplanet #lovetheworld #natgeo #everydayeverywhere #worldcaptures #documentaryphotography #documentaryphotographer #reportagespotlight #travellifestyle #thephotosociety #gettyimages #everydayeverywhere #pakistan #lovetheworld #alifeofintention #travelwithintention #whyweadventure #camp4pix #whywecreate #quietthechaos

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Around this part of Pakistan there are a lot of Afghan migrants living in settlements. Unable to work or to buy land, but also unable to go home, some families have been living like this for generations. I’ve passed these settlements so many times, their houses are made of mud and straw mostly, and they are full of colour. These people are SO beautiful, like break your heart beautiful💔. I’ve dreamed of photographing them for years but it’s so difficult, they’re so protective of their status in a country that isn’t their own and they have very conservative customs. Just pulling up and asking to take a photo is pretty much a waste of time, except on this occasion when this man said yes. Gathered around him was a collection of the most beautiful women and girls I think I’ve ever seen, with their olive coloured eyes and bright headscarves. I asked him if I could take their picture as well through my translator and he slowly said yes and then immediately said no. They are very protective of their women. Of course it was a little bit crushing to be so close but so far, but also at the same time I don’t expect to just be able to build a relationship of trust in just a few minutes - not with people like this who have already been through so much. Sometimes you just have to take the photos you can get and let the rest go. One day... Maybe I’ll just have to go to Afghanistan myself!! • #holdthemoments #simplejoys #awakethelight #visualscollective #adventurethatislife #theartofslowliving #liveforthestory #passionpassport #ofsimplethings #documentlife #travelwithintention #pakistan #awesomeearth #whywecreate #worldcaptures #liveforthestory #gritandvirtue #lovetheworld #amazingplaces #everydayeverywhere #recklessimage #camp4pix #natgeoyourshot #forahappymoment #athomeintheworld #lightinspired #moodcollectors #guardiantravelsnaps #natgeotravel #awakethesoul

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It still seems completely random to me that I should keep ending up here, in this remote region of Pakistan working on a story I’ve been shooting for the past five years. How did my life work out to bring me here? I worked for it, sure, but at the same time it seems a bit arbitrary or like it’s all part of a bigger plan that I just can’t see yet. - Back in one of my favourite places to photograph, choa saidan shah - the coal mining region of Pakistan. It’s so beautiful here and like the brick kilns, life for these people is so tough. But what they lack in life, they more than make up for in kindness and hospitality. - Pakistan truly is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited, the people are so kind and I feel so safe. I have more anxiety about traveling on the London Underground than I do about being here. • #awesomeearth #lovetheworld #whyweadventure #makemoments #holdthemoments #welivetoexplore #gritandvirtue #liveforthestory #everydayeverywhere #forahappymoment #dametraveler #dametravelerconnection #darlingescapes #choosejoy #beautifulmatters #wearetravelgirls #seekmoments #travellifestyle #ofsimplethings #adventurethatislife #neverstopexploring #getoutstayout #followmefaraway #asecondofwhimsey #travelwithintention #socality #globelletravels #sheexplores #ladiesgoneglobal #pakistan

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Day one in Pakistan and I’m trying to settle in to 40 degree heat 🔥 Portraits are my favourite and today has been so wonderful - the light, the communities, the welcomes and the cups of tea. This country is so beautiful and it’s people are even more so. It’s been such a good start! • #whyweadventure #holdthemoments #worldcaptures #liveforthestory #eyeson #natgeoyourshot #camp4pix #welivetoexplore #everydayeverywhere #pakistan #documentaryphotography #discoverearth #seekmoments #recklessimage #exploreourearth #natgeotravel #lensculture #guardiantravelsnaps #gettyimages #postthepeople #portraitfolk #one_shot_ #documentlife #posthepeople #magnumphotos #athomeintheworld #travelwithintention #passionpassport #gritandvirtue #dametravelerconnection

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