Born in San Sebastian (Spain), my first 25 years followed a domestic route, getting a degree in Business Administration along the way. My curiosity about the world took me to London in 1996 and to New York in 2004; in both cities I worked for a financial software company for twelve years. In 2009, I quit my job to pursue my true passions: travel, photography and writing.
I then initiated an exciting and wonderful adventure: an 18-month trip through Asia, from Nepal to Japan. I’ve tried to capture with my camera Asia’s hospitable people, its stunning landscapes and its fascinating cultures. I love to wander around cities and villages taking pictures of their people in their daily lives, to reach remote places in the search of a magnificent landscape, to follow the local rites and customs with the objective of broadening my knowledge of the world.
I’ve also written a travel memoir about the whole adventure: “The Year I Became a Nomad: A Journey through Asia on a Quest for Freedom, Love and Happiness”. The book came out late 2015. More details about it on my author website: www.carlospenalba.com
My work has been published by, amongst others, National Geographic Traveler, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Macmillan Publishers, Garuda Indonesia, The Ocean Project, The Lovely Planet, El Comercio, TheCityFix (World Resources Institute), and Business Insider.
Currently based in Spain, I’m available for travel, documentary and editorial assignments.