Change in life: he left France and the salary of a multinational company and lived in Torres del Paine for 6 years; what did he learn

Change in life: he left France and the salary of a multinational company and lived in Torres del Paine for 6 years;  what did he learn

“I live simply and I’m happy, what more could I ask for?”, says Timothy Dhalein Stay immersed in nature. He is 32 years old French, married to a Chilean woman and has a two-year-old daughter. In this regard, he says that there he found peace, peace and kindness, a different perspective of looking at life.

When he finished high school, his The creative spirit led him to study marketing and devote himself completely to advertising, Since then, he has worked for various companies in that field. And just like in the business world, his routine consisted of strict schedules, runs, project deliveries, meetings, and above all, business trips that took him away from home for days, even weeks. During those round trips he met Australia, Sri Lanka and a large part of Europe.

It was during those times that his curiosity about the environment was awakened. Many of the tasks and campaigns that I had to undertake were related to the ecosystem, its fauna, its current state and possible care and conservation. And thus, Every time he returned to the city he felt uneasy, dazed. But what happened? How could it be that all of a sudden he felt that he did not belong to the urbanization, the life he had so carefully planned?

However, the answer to that uncertainty was not long in coming: he realized that he had Something about nature that caught his attention, something about it caught him, attracted him. There, he felt a special magic, a certain connection was difficult to explain, some told him “it’s that way”. Therefore, continuing his usual work, he decided to do his hobbies in parallel and get a little closer to the green.

Taking nature or wild animal photos is no easy task, as it requires time and dedication, and you have to adapt to the environment, nothing depends on you. Photo: Timothy Dhalein
Taking nature or wild animal photos is no easy task, as it requires time and dedication, and you have to adapt to the environment, nothing depends on you. Photo: Timothy Dhalein

since childhood, Photography was his hobby. I always carried a camera in my hand. The landscape was his specialty. For Dhalein, this meant immortalizing a small piece of something that had captivated him and that caused some kind of emotion. However, suddenly Found myself at a crossroads: On the one hand, the hobby gained more importance, he liked it more and more, but the truth is that the demands of hard work made it difficult to keep up.

And so, one day without any further ado, he made a decision that would change his life. You have applied neither more nor less for a job search Glowing in the Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Fascinated by the requirements they propose: create audiovisual content for the local network and, of course, be there. to his surprise elected, resigned his marketing position, packed his bags and headed south. What was he waiting for? He didn’t know, but he was convinced of change.

"Vegetarian"Humul in Torres del Paine National Park Photo: Timothy Dhalein
“La Vegetarian”, Humul in Torres del Paine National Park Photo: Timothy Dhalein

It’s been six years since that decision and according to him, he won’t change it for anything. Unlike before, now already in his life There is no strict routine, running to get to meetings became a marathon to chase the lights And in the best possible picture, capture the hustle and bustle of the city, now marked by bird noises and sometimes even silence. Elegant clothing remained in France and casual clothing is the hero.

His days begin at dawn, he has breakfast and goes on an adventure: walk for hours or all day through the region, among mountains, winding paths, forests and lagoons. Photograph both landscape and wildlife And even capturing the stories of locals crossing the street. After this comes the work of photo and video editing, which works to spread and show a little. the vastness of the planet.

Sunrise at Base Torres, Torres del Paine National Park Photo: Timothy Dhalein
Sunrise at Base Torres, Torres del Paine National Park Photo: Timothy Dhalein

Painting nature or wild animal is not an easy task, because It demands time and dedication, “and one has to adapt to the environment, nothing depends on oneself”, Dhallin explains. And there are some gems hidden in their stories. One day, on his routine walk, he had made it his goal to track down a cougar. In that pursuit, a hare ran after him at maximum speed, and as usual, followed him The cat is chasing its prey. “After the scare, I took advantage of the moment to shoot the flash,” he recalls with a laugh.

His work has been recognized internationally: in May of this year he traveled to Colombia Receive tourism agency’s best video award For the “Latum Travel Video Awards”, in 2021 he won six and was nominated for another three. In 2020 he also won an award, this time it was at the “Audience Awards” for Best Short.

Estancia Tercera Barranca Photo: Timothy Dhalleine
Estancia Tercera Barranca Photo: Timothy Dhalleine

Away from civilization, telephone signals and the latest trends, in Patagonia found the perfect place to mix the two things it loves most: nature and photography. “During this change of life, I managed to reduce the stress and anxiety generated by the city’s adrenaline. I learned that there is no need to rush everything, sooner or later you will reach the same destination. i appreciate her the environment provides us, I was able to connect with the simple, I worked on being patient, listening, waiting”, concluded the young photographer.

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