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Traveling the world is my realization of a life long dream. Nothing is more awesome than the experience of photographing the backwaters of the Arabian Sea on a houseboat, Mount Etna on Easter Sunday or the landscapes of the Atlas Mountains while driving to the Sahara Desert. I am forever changed by photographing the emerald green and purple hues of the Aurora Borealis as it lights up the night sky at the Arctic Circle. It is  a privilege to photograph these amazing places and meet people of many cultures while capturing their unique qualities in portraiture.


© Maria Passannante-Derr / MPDPhotography / New York City, NY

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