Yusuf Hashim (Malaysia)
Pole to Pole: Plus a Few Stops in Between
Gentleman of Leisure, Gypsetter, Photographer, Unemployed, Unemployable, and Loving it!
In a previous life, Yusuf Hashim worked for Shell, and was based in London, Rotterdam, and Jakarta. Upon returning to Malaysia in 1990, he was appointed Managing Director for Shell Chemicals in Malaysia, and then Retail Marketing Director for Shell Oil in Malaysia.
In 1999, at age 53, and at the peak of his 30 years career at Shell, Yusuf listened to his heart, and quit Shell, to become an unpaid photographer, and a spare driver for WorldExplorer.net, specialists in arranging worldwide trans-continental, motorcycle and 4x4 off-road expeditions.
It wasn’t a rash or impulsive decision. His parental obligations were done. The Financials were good. He had a Bucket List. He wanted to spend his children’s inheritance. He wanted to travel and shoot pictures. He wanted to write. He wanted to live life. And he wanted to do it before, in his own words, life leaves him.
Apart from sharing some of the two million photos he shot during his extraordinary trans-continental driving expeditions and the sailing and trekking photography workshops he has conducted in Antarctica, the Arctic, and in between, Yusuf will also share the thinking, which drove him to do what he has done. He will share the seven must-haves if you want to do the same.
Over the last 20 years, Yusuf has visited >130 countries, and driven a 4x4 go anywhere vehicle, across and around, almost every continent, every desert, and over almost every mountain range worldwide.
Yusuf has also been a part time lecturer in photography at Malaysia’s Open University. He writes articles for magazines, and has published six online print-on-demand coffee table books. He has also participated in photography exhibitions. Presently, he is in a fund-raising project in which 40 of his pictures will be printed on large canvas, and sold to raise half a million Ringgits for Cancer Research in Malaysia.
Yusuf’s other passions are trekking, motorcycling, and flying. He’s led several groups on trekking expeditions in the Himalayas and Patagonia. He does regular sailing-trekking photography workshops to Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, Wrangle Island, the Falklands and Antarctica. Yusuf has a PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) for planes, and at age 70, he got his wings for paramotoring, becoming one of the oldest Malaysians to qualify to fly paramotors.
"Come and join us, listening to Yusuf, as he shares anecdotes and photos from his Journeys from Pole to Pole, and in between".