About Julien Thomas

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Was what I did was my dreams? No, they were my desires. Having dreams and desires is very different for me.

Hi, my name is Julien and I’m French, in my late 30s and now based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. All photos and works on my website were made by me only. I work alone and freelance.

Over the years, life has taken me on very contrasting journeys and always with a camera on my shoulder. Some journeys such as: adventures in Southeast Asia which turned into photojournalism trips, plastic waste courses for children, and freelance in hotel and 360-degree photography.

I never woke up and thought that I would become a professional photographer, it just came over the years while I was living these previous journeys/lives with some fantastic experiences for each of them. Simple as that.

Discover below my photo galleries, you will meet someone dedicated to his passions and works, with an artistic feeling, and certainly a traveler at heart.

I’m grateful that photography has always followed me!

Why photojournalism?

Photojournalism is my big jump into photography and started in 2010.

At that time, I was a seasoned motorbike traveler living long-term experiences off-the-beaten-track in Southeast Asia: wild camping, encountering countryside people, visiting historical sites and taking photos.

These trips brought me many things, such as lots of special/incredible experiences of a lifetime. Also, this journey ended-up being a super start for me into corporate photography.

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Why plastic waste courses for children?

It’s a long, too long story that can’t be told in 2-3 sentences. Someday I’ll explain it, somewhere on my website. It’s all about traveling experiences.

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During this really amazing journey, I’ve collected thousands of discarded plastic bags and experienced hundreds of moments of real happiness from the children.

Why hotel photography?

Honestly, during my previous (above) journey, I was hoping that at some point I could work for an NGO on a long-term plastic waste course. But it never happened.

As I was looking for to stay in Asia, I just came to turn my photography skills for the hospitality industry! Here in 2017, I started at the bottom of the ladder with my first photo shoots for hostels, and step by step to fancier places.

This new journey has been another and very challenging one for the adventurer I was, and gratefully it brought me a living and professional techniques in corporate photography and post-production.

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Why 360-degree photography?

I started 360-degree photography during my courses for children journey in 2014.

During the preps of the project, a project partner gave me a Ricoh Theta (small 360 photo device) to capture some 360° photos during the courses.
(Note that with such a device we’re very far from professional 360-degree photography!)

Along this journey and the beginning of my passion for 360-degree photography, I saw this virtual tour (Chateau de Mirambeau – France) and I can say that this virtual project blow up my eyes! Stunning 360-degree photos mixed with a fantastic new technology: it didn’t take long before I started digging how to create mine.

Questions & Answers

No.
I can say that I started photography in 2010 during my photo-journalistic journey (see above). Before that (since my early twenties – early 2000s) I was working in a very different field and I had already left France.

No. But I wish I had done one or two.
I always had more important things to do, other than to sit down and writing about myself. I enjoy to write about my experiences, but just for me!

Sure.
I left France just before my 20s. Sometimes I’ve spent a few years without getting back to see my relatives and friends.

I have a few.
To name just one, I always say in Australia: solo crossing of the Simpson Desert with my 4WD.

What is important is to pass on / convey what we have seen, to pass on / convey what we have learned, otherwise all we have done has pretty much no value. Because there is only one thing that matters to people: it's knowingness.