Thursday, February 05 2006
1 year, 6 month, 14 days
About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.
Manfred is creator of ThisFabTrek.com, travel photography, a travel blog and a photography blog (a journey from 2004 to 2013). 'I set out to see the colors of the world, always I try to capture the colors'.
Seeing, is understanding, so I report and photograph, but formost enjoy and live those different conceptions of life (all that TV [and the web] cannot give). I reject jealousy, animosity, bigotry. Be free!
The mind, when pondering at night and always asked those questions. What am I doing in corporate wonderland of bank, university, office or church? Who is the other animal asleep deep inside, the thinker, punk, creative, or Indian, vagabond and healer, maybe artist, writer, photographer, traveler, globetrotter? Oh God, dare you to think. When I saw the lies, gambles and manipulations I follow the old dream and set out for the journey of life lived, the journey to see the colors of the world.
During years on the road I have taken the turns as they came along, and realized one thing: Only such a small part of the planet can be explored and such a vast land and sea mass will always remain unknown, to me; many swamps, jungles, deserts and oceans will never be traveled. But then I am father of twin boys, Daniel and David, my most important, and I show them some of the wonders and colors out there.
ThisFabTrek, Photography and Journey, the Stories from the Road and Life around the World, stopped in August 2013 after more than 9 years, Love and Peace.
Land Rover 45,508km
Other cars 5.336km
www.thisfabtrek.com > journey
Closing, Cheick Oumar Sissoko.
Dance to the drums, Koredougaw.
Well before Koredougaw and Donsow stroll the quay as some days ago
at the opening ceremony. Women dance to the drum beats,
the feast is in full swing.
But then soon officials arrive, amongst them le
ministre de la culture Cheick Oumar Sissoko. He understands his
matter, is the non-political in the government, he holds the government
position because of his qualification. The former film
director talks freely without the help of a script for some 15 minutes,
presenting his visions in many different languages. Interview
1994, comprehensive interview
2003 in French. There is lots more on Google, most though in French.
People follow with interest, this congenial, likable minister.
Culture minister Cheick Oumar Sissoko, looks into my camera.
Cheick Oumar Sissoko, in his speech.
Mamou Daffé, director's remarks.
Mamou Daffé, he is happy now..
in English and French.
Crowd, Koredougaw listening in front.
A festival for the people of Segou.
After the opening ceremony, sun sets over a quiet Niger river while
Adama Yalomba is doing his balance (sound
What is the name of his instrument Mali-music
says it's a dan/n'dan, not a kora
as I believed. Others
call it le yalomba, as it is pretty much his
own creation. Or is it a 9
P.S. March 2008: Finally I have the answer. It is a Kamel n'goni with 12 strings. Thanks Geoffroy.
His performance was one of the best, and he gives it all always
carrying that remarkable boyish grin in his face.
When I go back I have to buy some of his music.
Sound check in front of setting sun.
Adama Yalomba Silhouette.
smiles, smiles, smiles.
A likeable guy.
Flash photography detail.
the "preacher of Malian music". She says the things as they
are and touches the ills of society. "Music has permitted me to
overcome my timidity".
On Afrik.com (in
French), a "beautiful voice, a voice as if it had run through the
desert, carried over by the wind in search for the sea". She has
won the Golden Tamani 2005, for the best Malian artist
of that year.
So happy to be here.
Don't know who he is (husband?)
But really as a photographer I am more interested in her singers. They
happen to stand in one fine line. In choosing my position to get to
those shots I have a small feeling of doing something right here, finally.
Tamani, talking drum
or N'tama played holding it in the armpit (armpit drum). Others call
it talking drum for the difference it makes in sound when squeezed under
liked by his people..
Earlier in the day
Nyangara, Abdoulaye in front.
Abdoulaye playing Kora ...
off stage before.
Nico and Julie
The friends did not get much sleep recently (2 hours yesterday, may
be 3 the day before). And the gain ?! Well maybe a bloody well organised
festival and appreciation from ministers and other officials to the
people from the BBC and just friends like myself and Hasna.
And they have started contemplating, "will we do another year
here in Segou?", or "where are we going next?", "where's
the next festival, we can contribute to?"
I for my part hope I can join them again, same place or another.
Julie Dupas, Nico Legendre.
It's over, "professionally organised" the minister.
The work is done, time to ponder.