Freya Dowson (@freyadowson) — Editorial documentary photographer ✧ restless traveler ✧ based in London ✧ new mama 🌱 | this is my life at home and on the road.
For all the things were never said and for all the places you’d rather be instea
12.12.2018 19:13:29
Have you been watching Dynasties? The new David Attenborough program? Normally I
Have you been watching Dynasties? The new David Attenborough program? Normally I love that sort of thing but I’ve been avoiding this one because I hear it’s really rough and emotionally I don’t think I’m up for it yet - having a new baby will do that to you... But I did catch part of one today about painted hunting dogs and it was so beautiful. Sad yes, but so beautifully shot! It made me want to buy all the mega zoom lenses for my camera 🙈 #WHPnaturallight • Shot on assignment for @dswt#dswt#awakethelight#thisisafrica#awesomeearth#liveforthestory#passionpassport#makemoments#beautifuldestinations#amazingplaces#whyweadventure#holdthemoments#africalove#worldcaptures#seekmoments#travelwithintention#gritandvirtue#welivetoexplore#whywecreate#athomeintheworld#forahappymoment#wildlifeconservation#lightinspired#protectthewild#travelafrica#beautifulviews#earthoutdoors#untoldvisuals#mountainstones#mynaturestory
09.12.2018 19:00:26
Something I find so frustrating in life is that I feel like I don’t always have
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Something I find so frustrating in life is that I feel like I don’t always have a clear vision of what I want. I have bits and pieces, things I feel ambitious about, and I sure as hell have a long list of things to feel like I’m doing badly at - but I don’t have a strong and positive vision of what I want my life to look like. And it’s frustrating. • How do you make plans? Do you plan one, two, three years in advance? Weeks? Months? Or just days? Does it make you feel better to have a plan or worse? How do you break down and work towards your goals? • I’ve been thinking lately I need a three year plan. I have a rough vision of where I want to be, and when I say a vision I mean just that - a single mental snapshot that’s not all that detailed but it’s a start! I just need to fill in the blanks and work out how I’d like it to work out in the end. • It’s not so much about how to make it happen so much as what IT is. It’s too easy to float around without a direction and watch the years drift past 😴 • From that time we roadtripped across Cuba 🇨🇺 #awakethelight#alifeofintention#gritandvirtue#wearetravelgirls#ladiesgoneglobal#forgeyourownpath#dametraveler#sheisnotlost#darlingescapes#visitcuba#globelletravels#sheexplores#cuba#beautifulmatters#girlsthatwander#girlsaroundtheworld#hurrayforplay#justgoshoot#seekthesimplicity#cubatravel#simplejoys#liveforthestory#makemoments#letsgetlost#thelifestylecollective#prettycreativestyle#slowlived#theartofslowliving#girlsmeetglobe
03.12.2018 19:02:59
Oof, what a week. In my last post I was talking about having my seat stolen, as
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Oof, what a week. In my last post I was talking about having my seat stolen, as if that was even the end of it... The next day I had my phone stolen, from right out of my hand as I was reading a message.😒 • One of the questions I get asked so often is if I’m ever nervous travelling to any of the countries I visit for work, but now I can safely say the only time I’ve ever been robbed was a 10 minute walk from home. • Luckily I was almost due a new phone anyway so the whole thing didn’t cost as much as it could have, but the kid on the motorbike was about an inch away from smacking Rumi in the head on my front while going 20mph. He looked back at me as he drove away and looked a bit shocked because there’s no way he could have seen her strapped to my front as he drove up behind me. • Thankfully @taniajoyfjane came to my rescue, erased my phone and sorted everything out for me and spoke to the police 💛, but It’s been a week of mini disasters and I’ve decided it’s probably best for me to stay at home until Monday to avoid any more trouble - I’m a magnet for it lately! • Also Rumi had her first set of jabs yesterday and has been so sad ever since 😓 It’s so awful to hold your child as someone repeatedly stabs them in the leg 😭 • #WHPlayers#awakethelight#alifeofintention#passionpassport#lostfam#visualsoflife#whywecreate#visualscollective#travellifestyle#holdthemoments#searchwandercollect#agameoftones#chasinglight#hurrayforplay#simplejoys#peoplescreatives#lovelysquares#liveforthestory#makemoments#inspiremyinstagram#thehappynow#adventurethatislife#theartofslowliving#livemoremagic#roamnation#mynaturestory#forgeyourownpath#gritandvirtue#naturallyimperfect
01.12.2018 19:32:38
This time of year can be so hard for some people... Today I was in a crowded cof
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This time of year can be so hard for some people... Today I was in a crowded coffee shop waiting for a friend, Rumi was fussing and I just needed somewhere to sit and feed her out of the rain. I was hovering near a table where a couple were just doing up their coats, waiting for them to leave, when a man swooped in and took the table. The couple looked at him and told him the table was mine, I had been waiting for it, and I said the same thing but he wasn’t having any of it. He didn’t care that I had a crying baby, he didn’t care that I was nearly in tears with stress and lack of sleep, he just wanted to eat his food, sitting at a table alone. • I told the couple who were arguing on my behalf not to bother and just walked away to wait for a different table. • That kind of thing never sparks anger or annoyance in me. It never has. I know there is a time and a place to stand up for yourself but in a situation like that I feel like my energy is best directed towards the things I care about, and not what will upset me. • The thought of karma or him getting something equally heartless in return crosses my mind but truthfully, he didn’t look happy at all and I wonder if he was already living in a more uncomfortable situation than the one he had put me in. I wonder at what you have to go through in life to put that kind of energy out into the world and I think maybe his lack of kindness shows that he is simply lacking kindness in his life. He was keen for a fight but by the look on his face I think he was keen for any kind of human interaction. • I know the holidays can bring up a lot of tricky stuff, and I know we’re taught to fight for our place in life and stand up for ourselves, but it doesn’t hurt to consider that hurting people hurt people. And it’s easy to spot when someone is in pain, it’s in their actions and written all over their face. It’s not always about winning, in fact it’s rarely about winning - it’s always about compassion. And there are always other tables.💛
27.11.2018 19:00:46
If I had known that it was Rumi in there the whole time I wouldn’t have been hal
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If I had known that it was Rumi in there the whole time I wouldn’t have been half so nervous about having a baby.✨ • Also this photo makes me miss summer already. It rained all day today but we went out for a walk anyway because cabin fever is real... Overnight it seems we went from beautiful golden autumn to grey and freezing winter and I don’t think I’ll defrost until next June. 📷 @taniajoyfjane#awakethelight#alifeofintention#mountainstones#mountainescape#keepitwild#westy#alpinebabes#themountainiscalling#mountaingirls#adventuregirl#dametraveler#gritandvirtue#wearetravelgirls#sheisnotlost#darlingescapes#beautifulmatters#seekthesimplicity#gritandvirtue#mynaturestory#naturallyimperfect#canada#ontario#freepeople#instawild#autumnmornings#aseasonalyear#roadtrippin#quietthechaos#thesweetlifeunscripted#notonlymama
20.11.2018 19:05:12
I was thinking of planning a few blog posts for the coming weeks - any requests?
I was thinking of planning a few blog posts for the coming weeks - any requests? I used to blog every day of the week and now it’s once every few months 🙈 but I’ve got some time now and writing on my phone is totally doable with a baby asleep on me ☺️ Let me know if you have anything in mind you’d like me to write about! • #mytinyatlas#lovelysquares#lonelyplanet#livetravelchannel#lostatlast#modernvoyage#lovetheworld#neverstopexploring#mybestintravel#thediscoverer#traveladdict#stayandwander#wanderwisely#purplepassport#roamnation#thattravelblog#quiettraveler#worldnomads#adventurethatislife#goexplore#awesome_earthpix#travelnolimits#travellercolelctive#exploreeverything#vicivisuals#placestogo#letsgoeverywhere#rambleonward#touroftheworld#alifeofintention
19.11.2018 18:59:52
When I was 18 I packed up my life, left my family and the country I grew up in,
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When I was 18 I packed up my life, left my family and the country I grew up in, never realising I wouldn’t be back. I’ve always been sort of ok at making friends but when you’re on your own in a new place you have to look for friends to become like family - it’s not easy. It’s so terrifying for me to rely on people who really don’t owe you anything, but just show up again and again because they’re good people and they really do care. With every kindness, especially since becoming a mum, I’m amazed at the wonderful people I have in my life. I hope I’m half as good to them as they are to me 💛 Pictured above, my main squeeze @taniajoyfjane in the golden morning light ✨ #WHPcommunity#awakethelight#alifeofintention#mountainstones#mountainescape#keepitwild#westy#alpinebabes#themountainiscalling#mountaingirls#adventuregirl#dametraveler#gritandvirtue#wearetravelgirls#sheisnotlost#darlingescapes#beautifulmatters#seekthesimplicity#gritandvirtue#mynaturestory#naturallyimperfect#france#freepeople#instawild#autumnmornings#aseasonalyear#roadtrippin#quietthechaos#thesweetlifeunscripted#notonlymama
17.11.2018 19:03:37
How much does anyone care if my captions are completely unrelated to my photos?
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How much does anyone care if my captions are completely unrelated to my photos? Because here is a picture of a giraffe, but currently I’m on a different continent, trapped under a sleeping little lion who roars in frustration if I don’t feed her fast enough.🦁🦒 The truth is I’d love to be taking more photos at the minute but I’m pretty sure I put my underwear on backwards today and I still haven’t had a chance to look and see so... Shot on assignment for the @dswt#dswt#awakethelight#alifeofintention#thisisafrica#speechlessplaces#liveforthestory#passionpassport#beautifuldestinations#worldnomads#whyweadventure#holdthemoments#africalove#worldcaptures#seekmoments#travelwithintention#gritandvirtue#welivetoexplore#ourwild#athomeintheworld#in2nature#forahappymoment#wildlifeconservation#lightinspired#protectthewild#travelafrica#beautifulviews#earthoutdoors#untoldvisuals#conservation#mountainstones
13.11.2018 19:04:19
Do you believe in manifesting your dream life? It’s something I got really into
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Do you believe in manifesting your dream life? It’s something I got really into just over a year ago through listening to podcasts, mostly The Lively Show, but I’ve fallen out of the habit now. If manifestation and intentional living is something you practice, what are your tips and sources of inspiration - please share! I need a refresher course I think. • I’ve never felt so happy and like everything I dreamed of was happening for me as I did when I was living everyday with intention. Autumn feels almost like a mini new years to me, a time to start on new adventures and make new habits. I’d love to get back into intentional living and gain a sense of purpose in my every day. #WHPseasonal#passionpassport#visitnorway#alifeofintention#landscapesofnorway#lonelyplanet#untoldvisuals#beautifuldestinations#beautifulviews#awesomeearth#modernoutdoors#visualscollective#discoverearth#awesome_earthpix#seekthesimplicity#greatnorthcollective#travelstoke#travellingthroughtheworld#goexplore#thelifestylecollective#adventurethatislife#norway#awakethelight#alifeofintention#naturallyimperfect#mynaturestory#mountainstones#themountainiscalling#roadtrippin#mountaingirls#adventuregirl
11.11.2018 19:10:25
I’m feeling so much love from you all these days, you always have some kind word
I’m feeling so much love from you all these days, you always have some kind words for me when I need them and I can’t tell you how much that means to me. • Thank you for your kindness yesterday ❤️ I know for the time being my posts on here aren’t what they used to be, it’s more about a quiet life at home vs a busy life on the road - but I hope you don’t mind so much and that you’ll bear with me. • I’ve always tried to be honest with my posts and with what I write here. I absolutely know how insane it must seem to share all of this, I’m aware of how it comes across to some people (I’ve been told 😅)... But the connection it brings and that feeling of not being alone is so worth it to me. And knowing that it helps other people to feel less alone in their thoughts is even better 💛 • #awakethelight#eyeson#lensculture#one_shot_#passionpassport#peopleoftheworld#magnumphotos#lonelyplanet#sweetsnesday#natgeo#everydayeverywhere#worldcaptures#documentaryphotography#380collective#documentaryphotographer#reportagespotlight#travellifestyle#thephotosociety#gettyimages#everydayeverywhere#kenya#photoobserve#alifeofintention#travelwithintention#whyweadventure#camp4pix#whywecreate#quietthechaos#people_infinity#beautifulmatters
07.11.2018 19:03:49
Today has been my first real difficult day since Rumi was born. I mean most days
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Today has been my first real difficult day since Rumi was born. I mean most days haven’t been exactly easy because babies are, well, babies... but they have been peaceful. Today I got really annoyed with myself for not doing more beyond looking after her. • I feel like somehow I should be working, ticking off my life admin, being a better friend and person in general to the people I care about... How does time move so quickly and so slowly at the same time? And how come I feel so guilty about not getting more done? • Rationally I know Rumi is only seven weeks old (almost) and I’m only just learning how to be a mum... And also feeling like I need to be and do more as well as care for a baby is such an old cliche, but knowing that doesn’t stop me from being annoyed at myself. • How can I spend my days accomplishing nothing more than caring for (and staring at) her - which I LOVE - while also feeling like I’ve achieved something more? And also gaining some sense of personal growth would be nice as well if that’s not too much to ask 🤪 • Shot on assignment for @dswt#dswt#awakethelight#thisisafrica#awesomeearth#liveforthestory#passionpassport#makemoments#beautifuldestinations#amazingplaces#whyweadventure#holdthemoments#africalove#worldcaptures#seekmoments#travelwithintention#gritandvirtue#welivetoexplore#whywecreate#athomeintheworld#forahappymoment#wildlifeconservation#lightinspired#protectthewild#travelafrica#beautifulviews#earthoutdoors#untoldvisuals#conservation#mountainstones#mynaturestory
06.11.2018 18:58:58
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