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Catia Dombaxe’s story on her Alpha Universe profile reads, “I am Catia Dombaxe. I am Angolan and currently living in the U.S. studying chemistry and forensic sciences. I am a part-time traveler and a travel photographer. I have visited 52 countries and I use my social media platform to inspire people, mostly women and minorities, to travel without breaking the bank. In the past seven years, I have lived in three different countries and I have learned to adapt to any situation. In fact, traveling is the reason why I am such a flexible and happy woman.”

We connected with Catia to learn more about her, her travel photography and how she captures it all with her Sony α6000. Read more about her below and visit her profile for more.

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Career Snapshot

I do not consider myself a professional photographer. I am more of a photophilic and I use photography as a medium to share my adventures and the beautiful countries I visit, inspire others to get out of their comfort zone and connect with other like individuals. My love for photography started when I was 15 years old. In those early years, I was part of a group of Angolan photographers, called Amigos da Fotografia. While in that group, I met amazing people who not only became my inspiration but also became my lifelong friends. While I was living in Luanda, I took some photographs, however, I truly started taking more photos when I moved to the Netherlands and joined the photography club at my college. Since then, I have been using photography as a way to communicate and show my portrayal of the world.


Photo by Catia Dombaxe. Sony α6000. Sony 50mm f/1.8. 1/160-sec., f/4, ISO 800

Why I Made The Switch To Sony

When I entered the photography world, I used to have a Canon. However, when I moved to the U.S., I decided to change to Sony products mainly because they were lightweight and the concept of mirrorless cameras just amazed me. I chose Sony because it was the best fit for my travels and the price of the cameras and lenses is within my budget. Additionally, right now I am studying ways to incorporate my Sony into forensic photography.


Photo by Catia Dombaxe. Sony α6000. 1/800-sec., f/5, ISO 100

My Go-To Sony Gear

Right now, I use the Sony α6000. She is my baby and I do not plan to leave her anytime soon. I know they are newer cameras, but I love the flexibility of my α6000. I also love this camera body because it is my experimental camera. I have been self-teaching myself and I am confident that this is the best camera body for me right now. My favorite lenses are the Sony 50mm f/1.8 and the Sony 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6. I used the 50mm mainly for portrait photography and the 18-135mm for travel photography. These are great for me, and I plan on expanding my lens collection more in the future.


Photo by Catia Dombaxe. Sony α6000. Sony 50mm f/1.8. 1/160-sec., f/4, ISO 200

What Photography & The Sony Community Mean To Me

My photography is my art. The light and energy I can emit to people. Through my photographs, I portray all the happiness, agony, joy, excitement, and wonder of many different people, different cultures, and different realities. To inspire and to make you feel the way I felt when I met these people and when I visited these exquisite places. With my art, I truly want to entice people to look beyond visuals. I want people to feel it. Additionally, I urge people to explore, get out there, meet people with different backgrounds, learn something with them, and something about yourself along the way.


Photo by Catia Dombaxe. Sony α6000. 1/640-sec., f/4.5, ISO 100

It means a lot to be a part of the Sony community. I get to showcase my work, but most importantly I have found some of the most talented photographers in the world. This is a great community and great for the connection with other artists.

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