Daniel Kordan grew up south of Moscow, in a breathtaking region dotted with lakes and brimming with pure, wild nature. It was here that Daniel spent ample time outdoors with his friends, swimming in the water and riding bikes together. As a child, Kordan attended an art school that focused on painting, mixed art, nature, and outdoor activities. After he began university and studied quantum physics, Kordan realized his heart was elsewhere. The artistic magic of his youth was calling him back to nature, beckoning with an endless palette of colors and compositions. Kordan answered the call, and brought his camera.
Daniel started by guiding mountain climbing and hiking tour groups during the winter and summer. From there, he used his love of landscape photography to transition to guided photo workshops, and became Chief Editor of Continent Expedition magazine. He specialized in global travel and adventure articles, and has since been published in Digital SLR magazine, UK; Photography Week; National Geographic; Discovery; Photoworld China; and Digital Photo (Bauer Media). Kordan has also developed meaningful partnerships with clients such as Apple, S7 Airlines, RedBull, and HSBC. An official Nikon, Gitzo, and Lucroit ambassador, Kordan has won numerous awards including the 2013 Golden Turtle Nature Award; first place in the 2013 National Geographic Russia contest; first place in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Best of Russia contest; and the Trierenberg Super Circuit award for Best Landscape Photographer.
Currently based in Bali, Indonesia, Daniel offers online masterclasses and workshops, and continues to travel in search of fresh and captivating landscapes. Face the Current was once again delighted to connect with Daniel and spark inspiration from his cultural immersion, experience with global biorhythms, new connections with nature’s panoply, and his heart’s desire to live with the land.
Your work tends to call you to remote places around the world, and because of this, you also encounter a variety of cultures living with the land and practicing multi-generational traditions. Can you share an example or two where the cultures and practices were incredibly unique, and what inspired you about them?
“One example of a unique culture and practice that deeply inspired me is the indigenous people of the Arctic region, such as the Inuit. I had the privilege of visiting communities in Greenland and witnessing their close relationship with the land and their ancestral traditions. The Inuit rely on hunting and fishing for their sustenance, and their knowledge of the environment is passed down through generations. I was fascinated by…”