Ali Barqawi is a Jordanian photographer and filmmaker who specializes in documenting adventure expeditions around the world. Back in 2016, Ali learned about the newly-formed Jordan Trail Association (JTA). As the association began planning the country’s first long-distance thru-hike — an epic journey that travels through 52 Jordanian villages — Ali joined the efforts, volunteering in a marketing and media productions role. Since then, Ali has explored the trail in great depth, completing the thru-hike once, and promoting the budding tourism industry in his homeland while doing so. Hoping to learn more, we asked Ali a few questions about these newfound experiences.
What did you do before you were a full-time photographer and videographer?
I worked as a business strategy consultant for about 15 years but eventually came to the conclusion that it was not the life I wanted. I always imagined a nomadic lifestyle that would take me from one adventure to another, from one country to the next. I craved that sense of freedom. So, between 2009 and 2010, I decided to quit my job, sell everything I own, and travel around the world for a year. After that, I focused my energy on combing my two passions of travel and visual documentation, turning all of my attention toward a career in freelance adventure travel media production.