About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.
Manfred is creator of ThisFabTrek.com, travel photography, a travel blog and a photography blog (a journey since 2004). '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, is ongoing. Photography and Journey, Stories from the Road and Life around the World, in Love and Peace.
Sydney to Alice Springs
After a conference in Sydney I hired a car and drove 5,000km
via Broken Hill, the Flinders Ranges, Coober Pede, Uluru and Kata Tjuta
and the Kings Canyon to Alice Springs. It was only shortly before that
trip that I had bought my F70 and a couple of cheap lenses. I shot on
cheap film and without knowing what I was doing. But I still like many
of the pictures. I will have to revisit my archives at some stage and
dig out more.
Well maybe I drove more kilometres then. I cannot remember.
But I remember the spirit of traveling on my own in a this great country.
And I will always want to return. Too much is there to be discovered
and the vastness of the territory gives freedom a different meaning;
that you can experience nowhere else.
All the way I read Bruce Chatwin's (wiki) "Songlines",
a must-read for Australian starters. In Alice Springs I discovered Aboriginal
Art, especially Emily Kame Kngwarreye and of course VB.
Note added later (Dec 2004):
Re Bruce Chatwin: I recently finished reading the Songlines a second
time and only now discovered what a great book it is in justifying my
chosen live as a gipsy.