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Johan Lolos @lebackpacker

Travel Photographer | Speaker | Toyota 4x4 Ambassador Also @johanlolos | @lolosjohan Stories over bangers. Book: Peaks of Europe johan@johanlolos.com

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Second and last set of photos taken a couple of weeks ago on assignment for Tourism Charentes, in France. 
From Oléron to Angoulême via Cognac, we followed the Charente river and enjoyed the slow paced life in some of France’s most beautiful villages like Brouage or Mornac-sur-Seudre. 
On our last day, we eventually ended up our trip in La Rochelle, a city I remember having visited with my parents when I was a child. For the last sunset of the trip, I spotted some nice sea cliffs with direct view on Île de Ré and its insane bridge connecting the island to the mainland. 
I hope you’ll like this set full of positive vibes :) Summer is fast approaching in this part of the world! 
Shot for @infinimentcharentes
#infinimentcharentes
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Second and last set of photos taken a couple of weeks ago on assignment for Tourism Charentes, in France. From Oléron to Angoulême via Cognac, we followed the Charente river and enjoyed the slow paced life in some of France’s most beautiful villages like Brouage or Mornac-sur-Seudre. On our last day, we eventually ended up our trip in La Rochelle, a city I remember having visited with my parents when I was a child. For the last sunset of the trip, I spotted some nice sea cliffs with direct view on Île de Ré and its insane bridge connecting the island to the mainland. I hope you’ll like this set full of positive vibes :) Summer is fast approaching in this part of the world! Shot for @infinimentcharentes #infinimentcharentes

Back from a week spent shooting on assignment for Tourism Charentes, a region of France that I had always wanted to visit, and more specifically Oléron island, the country’s biggest island off the French Atlantic coast. 
Here’s a series taken over my first day on that beautiful and wild island, where the locals seem to live a slow and peaceful life mainly made of surfing, fishing, sailing and crafting. 
Shot for @infinimentcharentes & @marennesoleron 
#infinimentcharentes #marennesoleron #iomn
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Back from a week spent shooting on assignment for Tourism Charentes, a region of France that I had always wanted to visit, and more specifically Oléron island, the country’s biggest island off the French Atlantic coast. Here’s a series taken over my first day on that beautiful and wild island, where the locals seem to live a slow and peaceful life mainly made of surfing, fishing, sailing and crafting. Shot for @infinimentcharentes & @marennesoleron #infinimentcharentes #marennesoleron #iomn

Since I've received my new #HuaweiP30Pro, many of you have asked to see some photos taken with the phone. I have been honestly impressed with the overall quality of the images it produces but what impresses me the most is the powerful zoom and incredible focal range the phone has. From ultra wide angle, 0.6x equivalent to 16mm, up to 50x on digital zoom, equivalent 1343mm.

Here is a couple of shots recently taken in India using the wide angle lens of the phone, allowing me to capture any scenes whatever the space behind me. Honestly loving that feature.

Any question you guys might have about that smartphone, just shoot. 
@huaweimobilefr #HuaweiShot #ad
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Since I've received my new #huaweip30pro, many of you have asked to see some photos taken with the phone. I have been honestly impressed with the overall quality of the images it produces but what impresses me the most is the powerful zoom and incredible focal range the phone has. From ultra wide angle, 0.6x equivalent to 16mm, up to 50x on digital zoom, equivalent 1343mm. Here is a couple of shots recently taken in India using the wide angle lens of the phone, allowing me to capture any scenes whatever the space behind me. Honestly loving that feature. Any question you guys might have about that smartphone, just shoot. @huaweimobilefr #HuaweiShot #ad

Life in the backwaters of Kerala. .
When I tried to picture what my first trip to India would look like, I had many images crossing my mind, but none of them were close to what I found in the backwaters of Kerala: a tropical paradise where life goes at a slow pace. 
The people there welcomed us with open arms and it really was a place I felt like I could stay forever. Actually, my time in Kerala reminded me so much of Australia’s Top End where I lived for 4 months back in 2014. The hot and humid climate, the vegetation, the birds, the fruits, ... all those things I would never be able to forget. .
Kerala was our first stop in India and somehow also became our favorite one so far. There’s so much more to see and experience in that state, as well as all around South India for sure, and I know I’ll have to return ASAP. .
A massive thanks from the heart to @kumarakomlakeresort for hosting us in their dreamy property while we were exploring the beautiful backwaters of Kumarakom.
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Life in the backwaters of Kerala. . When I tried to picture what my first trip to India would look like, I had many images crossing my mind, but none of them were close to what I found in the backwaters of Kerala: a tropical paradise where life goes at a slow pace. The people there welcomed us with open arms and it really was a place I felt like I could stay forever. Actually, my time in Kerala reminded me so much of Australia’s Top End where I lived for 4 months back in 2014. The hot and humid climate, the vegetation, the birds, the fruits, ... all those things I would never be able to forget. . Kerala was our first stop in India and somehow also became our favorite one so far. There’s so much more to see and experience in that state, as well as all around South India for sure, and I know I’ll have to return ASAP. . A massive thanks from the heart to @kumarakomlakeresort for hosting us in their dreamy property while we were exploring the beautiful backwaters of Kumarakom.

I don't think there is in the world another place like Varanasi. Being one of the 7 holiest cities for Hindus, pilgrims come from all over India to bath in the Ganges River - here known as Ganga Mata, a personification of the goddess Ganga - to purify them of their sins and facilitate liberation from an eternal cycle of life and death.
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As soon as I arrived in Varanasi, after a week of relaxation in the tropical heaven of the state of Kerala, the cultural shock was intense. So intense actually that I felt sick for the entire first day, with a strong fever. Not due to any food or water poisoning, that's for sure, but I still can't tell what happened that day. What I do know though is that I absolutely loved my time in Varanasi despite the huge contrast with South India, and the street touts and tuk-tuk drivers being a little too tiring and annoying.
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Nothing quite prepares you to Varanasi the first time you visit the city. Even if I had seen hundreds of photos of this place before, even if I was mentally and physically ready to have my 5 senses fully awake, the amount of things happening at the same time exceeded what I thought would be. There's so much life in this city, so much spirituality that one can never be insensitive to it, no matter his hate or love for the place. Whether you think a trip to India is or isn't made for you, any traveler should at least experience once the life at the one and only Varanasi.
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Walking along the Ghats every morning and late afternoon and interacting with the warm and friendly locals in the maze of narrow streets of the old city quickly became my favorite daily routine while in Varanasi. I just cannot wait to visit again and stay longer than 3 days next time.
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I don't think there is in the world another place like Varanasi. Being one of the 7 holiest cities for Hindus, pilgrims come from all over India to bath in the Ganges River - here known as Ganga Mata, a personification of the goddess Ganga - to purify them of their sins and facilitate liberation from an eternal cycle of life and death. . As soon as I arrived in Varanasi, after a week of relaxation in the tropical heaven of the state of Kerala, the cultural shock was intense. So intense actually that I felt sick for the entire first day, with a strong fever. Not due to any food or water poisoning, that's for sure, but I still can't tell what happened that day. What I do know though is that I absolutely loved my time in Varanasi despite the huge contrast with South India, and the street touts and tuk-tuk drivers being a little too tiring and annoying. . Nothing quite prepares you to Varanasi the first time you visit the city. Even if I had seen hundreds of photos of this place

Namaste from India 🙏 
I can’t remember when I first started to dream of visiting this country one day. Countless images that I kept watching from renowned photographers. Mesmerizing stories told by travelers from all over the world. I’ve always considered India as the ultimate destination for any travelers, one that will change you forever. 
More than a week already that @delphinepolson and I have been traveling around. From the lush greens of Kerala and its peaceful life along the backwaters, to the hectic and colorful streets of Varanasi, India has been nothing but a dream so far. With a billion things happening every second wherever you look at, and a country almost as big as my home continent, it already seems like this trip to India is the first one of a long new series. And I can’t wait to fall in love with it. 
10 days down, only 13 to go.
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Namaste from India 🙏 I can’t remember when I first started to dream of visiting this country one day. Countless images that I kept watching from renowned photographers. Mesmerizing stories told by travelers from all over the world. I’ve always considered India as the ultimate destination for any travelers, one that will change you forever. More than a week already that @delphinepolson and I have been traveling around. From the lush greens of Kerala and its peaceful life along the backwaters, to the hectic and colorful streets of Varanasi, India has been nothing but a dream so far. With a billion things happening every second wherever you look at, and a country almost as big as my home continent, it already seems like this trip to India is the first one of a long new series. And I can’t wait to fall in love with it. 10 days down, only 13 to go.

Currently working on a story about my time in Myanmar for one of my favorite magazines, and stumbled upon these archives from a year ago. Thought I’d just share it here. 
The past weeks have been so exciting as I rediscovered some of my work from the last 6 years that I sometimes had completely forget about. I cannot wait to share some of it with you more often.
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Currently working on a story about my time in Myanmar for one of my favorite magazines, and stumbled upon these archives from a year ago. Thought I’d just share it here. The past weeks have been so exciting as I rediscovered some of my work from the last 6 years that I sometimes had completely forget about. I cannot wait to share some of it with you more often.

Here’s the final adventure of my week in Switzerland, and what an adventure it was! I had heard of Glacier3000 viewpoint close to Les Diablerets, which offers stunning views over some of the highest mountains of the Alps, including the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Jungfrau, Eiger, Monte Rosa and many more. But that’s not all. They also have the Peak Walk, the world’s first suspension bridge linking two mountain peaks, at 3,000m above sea level. 
Being afraid of heights, I wasn’t too sure about crossing it, but when the bridge is standing before you and you’re there for the magical golden hour, with the surrounding mountains turning pink, you just try to forget your fears and you start taking as many photos as you can to freeze that once in a lifetime moment. 
I had shaky legs though and wasn’t able to fly my drone, so big up to @rontimehin and @wonguy974 for flying theirs and sharing their footage with me. Yes, this is me crossing the bridge on the video (swipe left too see). And a huge THANK YOU to @raphaeldupertuis for making this sunset mission at @glacier3000.ch possible! Legend! 
Head over the link in my bio to read the full itinerary of my week in Switzerland, experiencing winter like a Swiss. 
Shot on assignment for @myswitzerland. 
@villarstourisme @myvaud #inLOVEwithSWITZERLAND 
#AMOUREUXdelaSUISSE #myvaud
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Here’s the final adventure of my week in Switzerland, and what an adventure it was! I had heard of Glacier3000 viewpoint close to Les Diablerets, which offers stunning views over some of the highest mountains of the Alps, including the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Jungfrau, Eiger, Monte Rosa and many more. But that’s not all. They also have the Peak Walk, the world’s first suspension bridge linking two mountain peaks, at 3,000m above sea level. Being afraid of heights, I wasn’t too sure about crossing it, but when the bridge is standing before you and you’re there for the magical golden hour, with the surrounding mountains turning pink, you just try to forget your fears and you start taking as many photos as you can to freeze that once in a lifetime moment. I had shaky legs though and wasn’t able to fly my drone, so big up to @rontimehin and @wonguy974 for flying theirs and sharing their footage with me. Yes, this is me crossing the bridge on the video (swipe left too see).

Although I saw many places around the world, I can count on the fingers of one hand (OK, maybe two) the number of places I’d picture myself living in, and Villars is definitely in that list. Its central location between the French, Bernese and Valais Alps, its proximity to an international airport, its charming village of wooden chalets only, and the incredible scenery are all strong arguments for a change of life. Too bad I just bought a house in Belgium, haha. I’m not sure when is going to be my next time in Villars, what I know though is that I will never forget this place, as this is where I experienced my very first ever paragliding flight (and potentially discovered a new passion). Head over the link in my bio to read the full itinerary of my week in Switzerland, experiencing winter like a Swiss. 
Shot on assignment for @myswitzerland. 
@villarstourisme @myvaud 
#inLOVEwithSWITZERLAND #AMOUREUXdelaSUISSE #myvaud
@lebackpacker

Although I saw many places around the world, I can count on the fingers of one hand (OK, maybe two) the number of places I’d picture myself living in, and Villars is definitely in that list. Its central location between the French, Bernese and Valais Alps, its proximity to an international airport, its charming village of wooden chalets only, and the incredible scenery are all strong arguments for a change of life. Too bad I just bought a house in Belgium, haha. I’m not sure when is going to be my next time in Villars, what I know though is that I will never forget this place, as this is where I experienced my very first ever paragliding flight (and potentially discovered a new passion). Head over the link in my bio to read the full itinerary of my week in Switzerland, experiencing winter like a Swiss.  Shot on assignment for @myswitzerland.  @villarstourisme @myvaud #inLOVEwithSWITZERLAND #AMOUREUXdelaSUISSE #myvaud

From catching the first and last light of the day at the top of le Moléson to enjoying dog sledding surrounded by snow covered pine trees, my time in #FribourgRegion last month sure was unforgettable. 
The mountain you see on the last image of this set offers the views you see on slides 1, 2 and 5.

Head over the link in my bio to read the full itinerary of my week in Switzerland, experiencing winter like a Swiss. 
Shot on assignment for @myswitzerland . 
@fribourgregion #lagruyere #inLOVEwithSWITZERLAND #AMOUREUXdelaSUISSE
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From catching the first and last light of the day at the top of le Moléson to enjoying dog sledding surrounded by snow covered pine trees, my time in #fribourgregion last month sure was unforgettable. The mountain you see on the last image of this set offers the views you see on slides 1, 2 and 5. Head over the link in my bio to read the full itinerary of my week in Switzerland, experiencing winter like a Swiss.  Shot on assignment for @myswitzerland .  @fribourgregion #lagruyere  #inLOVEwithSWITZERLAND #AMOUREUXdelaSUISSE

Long time due post! I know you guys have been asking me for further details about my week in Switzerland last month. I finally found some time to work on the images I brought back from this trip. Here’s a series from an afternoon to be remembered, snowshoe hiking in the beautiful #FribourgRegion. Western Switzerland around Lac Léman was a part of the country I skipped during ‘Peaks of Europe’. Well, maybe I shouldn’t have! This specific mountain range featured in this set is called the Gastlosen and can be compared to the Dolomites by its geology. Some people actually call it the Dolomites of Switzerland!
When we arrived at the mountain hut, I promised myself I’d come back in the summer and spend one night in the cabin. I already cannot wait!

Head over the link in my bio to read the full itinerary of my week in Switzerland, experiencing winter like a Swiss. 
Shot on assignment for @myswitzerland. 
@fribourgregion #lagruyere #inLOVEwithSWITZERLAND #AMOUREUXdelaSUISSE
@lebackpacker

Long time due post! I know you guys have been asking me for further details about my week in Switzerland last month. I finally found some time to work on the images I brought back from this trip. Here’s a series from an afternoon to be remembered, snowshoe hiking in the beautiful #fribourgregion. Western Switzerland around Lac Léman was a part of the country I skipped during ‘Peaks of Europe’. Well, maybe I shouldn’t have! This specific mountain range featured in this set is called the Gastlosen and can be compared to the Dolomites by its geology. Some people actually call it the Dolomites of Switzerland! When we arrived at the mountain hut, I promised myself I’d come back in the summer and spend one night in the cabin. I already cannot wait! Head over the link in my bio to read the full itinerary of my week in Switzerland, experiencing winter like a Swiss. Shot on assignment for @myswitzerland. @fribourgregion #lagruyere #inLOVEwithSWITZERLAND #AMOUREUXdelaSUISSE

This is my world. Or should I say, this has been my world for the past 6 years. Traveling and hiking in remote places, far from the crowds, just to feel alive and reconnect with nature. I still live for those moments though I feel like something is missing. 
Since I started the Peaks of Europe project in 2017, I realized I’ve been more and more attracted to documentary photography every day. For years I’ve been admiring photojournalists and photographers who put themselves in critical situations, who get out of their comfort zone, just in order to capture the world and tell stories that are important to be told. Some might think that my travels are already synonym of stepping out of one’s comfort zone. The truth is, for me, I don’t feel like it is anymore. I can’t remember a single time I ever found myself in an uncomfortable situation just to bring back an important set of photos. 
I feel that my old routine of traveling with no other goal than photographing beautiful places and wilderness is slowly coming to an end, and Peaks of Europe was the start of this new chapter of my career. I now deeply feel inside of me that I need to travel to connect with human people first, learn from their culture, and tell their stories through my photos. This is what I actually started to do for about a year now, but never really dare sharing that on here. Now that I’m in my 30s and have been taking photos for almost a decade, I have a better vision of what truly inspires me and where I want to take my career as a travel photographer. I think it’s time to fully embrace that and see where it’ll take me. 
To celebrate their 100M followers @natgeo is challenging everyone to show their world. Funny enough, this contest was launched just a day after I decided to come back on this platform after a 4-month hiatus, with a clearer idea of what I want to show you and what I want to tell here. Actively supporting environmental initiatives and focusing more on the storytelling aspect of my photography will be my main goals for this year, while I’ll still be sharing some landscapes and commissioned work on here, just less than before. I hope you’ll stick with me. #natgeo100contest
@lebackpacker

This is my world. Or should I say, this has been my world for the past 6 years. Traveling and hiking in remote places, far from the crowds, just to feel alive and reconnect with nature. I still live for those moments though I feel like something is missing. Since I started the Peaks of Europe project in 2017, I realized I’ve been more and more attracted to documentary photography every day. For years I’ve been admiring photojournalists and photographers who put themselves in critical situations, who get out of their comfort zone, just in order to capture the world and tell stories that are important to be told. Some might think that my travels are already synonym of stepping out of one’s comfort zone. The truth is, for me, I don’t feel like it is anymore. I can’t remember a single time I ever found myself in an uncomfortable situation just to bring back an important set of photos. I feel that my old routine of traveling with no other goal than photographing beautiful

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