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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!

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.

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Un peuple, un bout, une foi.

Bamako the hub, here I would leave the Land Rover again and again. in 2006 and 2007, 2008, 2009. Also the place of the Festivals in the desert and on the Niger River. Mali, where I fell in love with West African Music. I keep coming back... 2011, ...

Map of Mali.

Colors of Malian Highlights.

Sayon Camara Sissoko.
Sayon Camara Sissoko.
Oumou Sangare.
Oumou Sangare.
Cheik Tidiane Seck, le guerrier.
Cheik Tidiane Seck, le guerrier.
Bilan and Femi Kuti.
Bilan and Femi Kuti.
Sadio Kouyate.
Sadio Kouyate on the Festival.
Festival sur le Niger 2011, features my Adama Yolomba picture.
Festival sur le Niger 2011, features my Adama Yolomba picture.
KarKar Baboucar Traore, a night out in Bamako.
KarKar, Baboucar Traore, a night out in Bamako.
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Tomawok, Rap in Bamako. Jan 2011.
Julie and Chanana.
Julie and Chanana, Diata Sya.
Toma the Lion
Toma Sidibe in Sibo, the Lion.
Dry oranges in la brousse, Sahel, Mali.
Dry oranges in la brousse, Sahel, Mali. Feb2011.
Hand of Fatima, night and moon.
Hand of Fatima, night and moon, saying Goodbye to Mali, Jan 2009.
Artisanat Vendor, Dogon hat, Dogon Land.
Dogon Land, Jan 2009.
Irelli boys, Dogon Country.
Irelli boys, Dogon Country, Jan 2009.
 Bandiagara Escarpement, Dogon Land.
Bandiagara Escarpement, Dogon Land, Jan 2009.
Dogon Land.
Tellem Graneries, Dogon Land, Jan 2009.
Bassekou Kouyate.
Bassékou Kouyaté, Festival sur le Niger, Segou 2008.
Salif Keita.
Salif Keita, Festival sur le Niger, Segou 2008.
Cheik Tidiane Seck.
Groovy Cheik Tidiane Seck, Festival sur le Niger, Segou 2008.
Mangala Camara.
Mangala Camara, so cool on the Festival sur le Niger, Segou 2008.
Habib Koite.
Habib Koité on the Festival sur le Niger, Segou 2008.
Didieni Friendly Shepherd, dreadlocks.
Friendly shepherd, Didieni, Sep 2007.
Thunderstorms in Mali.
Thunderstorms in Mali, this is rainy season.
Pirogue on Niger, back to Vienna, after the Festivals.
The Niger River, after the festival we fly home to Vienna.
Julie Dupas, Nico Legandre on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Julie Dupas and Nico Legendre, professionals.
Djeneba Seck on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Djénèba Seck, tamani player.
Djeneba Seck on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Djénèba Seck, one of her singers.
Adama Yalomba on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Adama Yalomba, sound check in front of setting sun..
Tiken Jah Fakoly on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Tiken Jah Fakoly.
Sekouba Bambino on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Sekouba Bambino.
Amadou et Mariam on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Amadou & Mariam.
Baba Salah on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Baba Salah's dancers.
Baba Salah on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Baba Salah.
Bassekou Kouyate on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Bassékou Kouyaté.
Bassekou Kouyate on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Amy Sacko, wife of Bassékou Kouyaté.
Habib Koite on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Habib Koité's dancers..
Habib Koite on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Habib Koité.
Nampe Sadio on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Nampe Sadio's singers.
Donsow (hunters) on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Donsow.
Koredugaw (clowns) on the Festival sur le Niger.
Festival sur le Niger, Korédugaw.
Evening under the Balanzan, the tale of 
            Caanaba.
Festival sur le Niger, Evening under the Balanzan, the tale of Caanaba.
Mamou Daffe.
Director of the Festival sur le Niger, Mamou Daffé welcoming people.
Moussa.
Moussa in front of stage design element.
Stage in Segou and Ismael.
Stage in Segou and Ismael.
Nico and Julie.
Nico and Julie.
Djenne mosque of mud.
Djénné.
Mount Hombori and Hand of Fatima.
Mount Hombori and Hand of Fatima.
Niger river
Niger River route.
Festival Essakane more and more
kissing Khaïra Arby.
Festival Essakane more and more
Khaïra Arby.
Festival Essakane more and more
She sings with Bassékou....
Festival Essakane more and more
Bassékou Kouyaté on the festival au desért.
Festival Essakane more
Show riding on the Festival au desert gathering.
Festival Essakane more
Bassekou Kouyate on the Festival au desert.
Amy Sako, Festival Essakane more
Beautiful Singer with a desert voice on the Festival.
Festival Essakane more
Markus James, Tinariwen on the Festival au Desert/Essakane.
Festival Essakane
Touareg rider against the sun.
Festival Essakane
Baba Salah on the Festival au Desert.
Festival Essakane, Touareg, Tuareg
Touareg on the Festival au Desert, Essakane 2006.
Nico and Julie, New Year 2006
Nico, Fidel Castro, New Year 2006.

2011 for the 7th ed. of the Festival sur le Niger.

And finally the crowning.

Back back back for year end in Bamako.

Back with the family, Mali, Jan 2008. For another Festival sur le Niger in Segou.

Always back to Bamako, Mali, Dec 2007.

4th time Mali, Sep 2007, End of journey in MB307.

And Again back in Mali at the end of 2006 after Guinea.

2nd time Mali, end of the journey with the MB207.

First time Mali, for the NY 2006 after the Mauritania adventure.

Else

  • Links - gathered while in the country.

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Highlights. Images are linked to the story behind.

Segou, Festival sur le Niger 7th edition.
Segou Festival, Feb2011.
Two camels kissing?
Jan2011 South, all terrorists?
Mali, Dogon Country, Hand of Fatima.
Dogon Country, Jan2009.
Bassekou Kouyate.
Bassékou Kouyaté, Segou, Mali, Feb2008.
Mangala Camara sur le festival sur le Niger.
Mangala Camara, Segou, Mali, Feb2008.
Djeneba Seck Singers.
Djénèba Singers, Segou, Mali, Feb2006.
Sekouba Bambino.
Sekouba Bambino, Segou, Mali, Feb2006.
Amy Sacko, Bassekou Kouyate.
Amy Sacko, Segou, Mali, Feb2006.
Dancers of Habib Koite.
Habib Dancers, Segou, Mali, Feb2006.
Djenne, Mud Mosque.
Mud Mosque, Djénné, Mali, Jan2006.
This was Essakane, Khaira Arby in Essakane, Festival au desert.
Kaïra Arby in Essakane, Mali, Jan2006.
This was Essakane/Tibuctu/Timbouctou Festival au desert, Touaregs/Tuaregs and camels.
Touareg/Tuareg in Essakane, Mali, Jan2006.

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