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About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.

Manfred is creator of, 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!

Manfred in the desert of the Western Sahara

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.

Last vehicle.

G20, Chevy Gladiator.

Chevrolet Gladiator G20, The boys in Cordillera Blanca, Peru.
The boys and Chevy van, Peru.

The G20, the vehicle that came to me for the Americas adventures.

6 wheeled Land Rover.

Land Rover Defender 6x6
Link to Foley

The vehicle of the Africa adventures, a Foley 6-Wheeled Land Rover Defender.

Before, the MB307.

Manfred and MB307
Journey, Middle East.

The vehicle of the Middle-East and North-Cape Journeys. See all vehicles.

Daniel and David with nanny Aisha, the best we ever had, black African Woman carrying white twin babies, in Bamako, Mali.

Travel Blog

contains Festival/Fiesta/Art photography.

"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo.

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it, to tell the tale." Living to Tell the Tale - Gabriel García Márquez.

"They never taught wandering in any school I attended. ... they never taught the art of writing a book, either. It's all so mysterious."
"Wandering is an art in itself. Wandering and writing don't mix"
"Writing demands commitment and if one thing your wanderer is allergic to is that very quality of commitment, for once one is committed he runs that very risk of failure ..." Wanderer - Sterling Hayden.

"Photography enables you to grasp a place first time round. ... Photography is a means of exploration, it's a vital part of travel, almost as essential as a car or a plane. " - Wim Wenders.

"The worst prejudice we acquire during our youth is the idea that life is serious. Children have the right instincts: they know that life is not serious, and treat it as a game..." , Egon Friedell.

"How far you gonna go. Before you lose your way back home" - Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Achtung Baby, U2.

"If you want to be a hero well just follow me." - Working Class Hero, John Lennon.

"When I think of all the things I have done, I know that it's only just begun." - I love you, Lou Reed.

"One does not escape the Sahara - the Sahara let's you go or not" - Touareg.

"Planet earth is blue and there`s nothing I can do" - This is Ground Control to Major Tom, David Bowie.

"Glory for the crazy people/in this stupid world" - Ahmed Fouad Negm. > journey > africa > mali > mali-films

All our videos through YouTube. Just so much easier.

Driving past Gao.

On YouTube.

A video showing Hasna and me in the car. "Dandy Warhols" is playing, Life is good.

Otherwise click here to download. (4,082K).

Driving in Dogon Country.

On YouTube.

We had to mend (build) the roads ourselves, we must have been the first car in some 10 years coming this way.

Otherwise click here to see it. Give time to down load. (8,292K).

Mad Driving video.

On YouTube.

no comment. The guitar jam is George Harrison from the "All Things Must Pass" compilation. This one is funny.

Otherwise click here to download. (16,671K).


On YouTube.

Swarms of locust the size of small birds go up in the air as we drive past bushes and trees. In 2005 they were in part resposible for the famine that hit the region.

Otherwise click here to download. (1,530K).

Essakane, Tamnana.

On YouTube.

Traditional Touareg dance, danced at gatherings of nomadic tribes.

Such gatherings are being held several times per year as places to meet and interact, solve disputes, debate and listen and play music.

The Festival in the desert in Essakane north/west of Tombouctou continues the tradition of these gatherings.

Tamnana is the group performing.

Click here to download. (6,750K).

Segou Festival sur le Niger.

On YouTube.

Just as an idea of what Segou is.

The Festival sur le Niger.

Habib Koite super star guitarist/singer from Mali.

Or give time to download. (4,187K).

And one more.

from the Festival sur le Niger. On YouTube.

Neba Solo and his all drummers/percussion group.

Or give time to download. (5,025). > journey > africa > mali > mali-films

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