“The blue is the color of the roof above my home, my home is the Sahara desert. Born, and raised by tuaregs, as I am myself, a blue man, walking, and living in areas where there is to a point a no-mans land with the hope of a new tomorrow. Always”.
This is how one of my very first early encounters with the community of Tuaregs started in 2004.
Over the past years, it has evolved, into a passion, a lingering interest that resulted into numerous travels into the Saharan desert.
With these small selection of photographs from my several travels into Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, I am hoping it creates some afterthoughts on - the beauty, and the strength of a fragmented, dispersed, minority group found in and across of a vast number of countries, inflicted and engaged in number of unsettling developments; how the Tuaregs are not only able to stay connected, open to the world, but also at the same time preserving their culture and humanity and traditions –as individuals but also as a decreasing community of nomads. A community that today is very much in the shadows of the Arabic Spring.
The Touaregs have many traditions of coming together, for celebrations as well as exchange of thoughts, hopes and ideas on matters of heart, wealth, and state – the most well-known is the “Le Festival au Désert”. Some of the images are taken from the festivities, others are pure caputures of my own personal encounters with the nomads at their home and heart, the desert.
Stockholm based photographer - my work is driven by instinctive curiosity, wanderlust - always with the ambition to implement them in my daily work to create a visual voice for the individuals that does not always have the opportunity or conditions to make a point, to reach out and make an impact.
My photography and work for the past 8 years in Northern Africa has resulted in an increased eager, and passion working towards advocating to show and provide images, and visuals of the situations, development trends, but also the positive outlook and angle of all people and countries. I visit and meet.
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