Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone…!

On my travels, I love visiting the local village schools, to see the country´s future. More often than not, I find smiling faces of happy pupils, regardless of the political/economical outlook of the country. Here are some photographs from my archives plus quotes of wise (wo)men.


“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
― Sydney J. Harris


School in Sudan

School in Sudan

“Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”
― Mark Twain

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Playing basketball in a neglected school hall in Armenia

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

School in Sudan

School in Sudan

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
― Brigham Young

Derelict Bakong Temple school, Angkor, Cambodia

Derelict Bakong Temple school, Angkor, Cambodia

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
― Socrates

Children in school floating village Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Children in the school of Chong Kneas floating village, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein

Village school in in Halidzor, Armenia

Igor, a teacher in Halidzor village, Armenia, supervises his pupils in a shabby classroom of the local school.

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
― Alexander the Great

Bushman children playing in the sand, Den/ui village, Bushmanland, Namibia

Bushman children on their schoolground, Den/ui village, Bushmanland, Namibia

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
― Albert Einstein

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“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.”
― Frank Zappa

School in Sudan

School in Sudan

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela

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I thank God for the Night…

“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye … and winking stars.”
– Jack Kerouac

Sudan Jebel Barkla pyramids

Sudan Jebel Barkla pyramids

“Some praise the Lord for Light,
The living spark;
I thank God for the Night
The healing dark.”
― Robert W. Service

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Star streaks of the southern sky in Bushmanland, Namibia

“A silent night – the most eloquent poem i have ever read.”
― Sanober Khan

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Naqa temple by night, Sudan

“Torches just blind you. On a clear night like this, the moon and the stars are enough.”
― George R.R. Martin

Stars above Wahiba Sands, Al Sharqiya, Oman

Stars above Wahiba Sands, Al Sharqiya, Oman

“Sometimes while gazing at the night’s sky, I imagine stars looking down making wishes on the brightest of us.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

Stars over Ghazali, Sudan

Stars over Ghazali, Sudan

“Without the dark, we’d never see the stars. There also would be no use for the moon if there was never a night.”
― Tessa Emily Hall, Purple Moon

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Milky way above Lion Temple of Musawwarat, Sudan

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
– William Shakespeare

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School in Sudan

Girl school in Sudan

On my travels around the world, I always strive to peer into the local schools – to see the country´s future. In northern Sudan, I visited several basic schools, mainly in the rural areas. I was always left speechless by the warm welcome by both teachers and students. Not only did they let me take photos during classes, chatted with me, sang songs – quite often they invited me for a cup of coffee or even for lunch. What a beautiful people!


Deserts of the world

Landscape of Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

Landscape of Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Barchan dunes of the Namib Desert Aerial photograph

Barchan dunes of the Namib Desert, Namibia 

“Everything that ever happened to me that was important happened in the desert.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Dusk in the volcanic landscape of the Black Desert, Egypt

Dusk in the volcanic landscape of the Black Desert, Egypt

“…anyone can make a desert and call it peace…”
― Kate Elliott, Cold Magic

Bedouin in Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

Bedouin in Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

“You are a nomad, a wanderer – just like me. You roam the desert and I roam the world. What’s the difference between us?”
― Linda Ruth Horowitz, While the Sands Whisper

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Tree of water connects lagoon and Atlanic ocean – Aerial photograph of Namibian coast

“In the empire of desert, water is the king and shadow is the queen.”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Whirlpool of sand Aerial photograph of the Namib Desert

Whirlpool of sand Aerial photograph of the Namib Desert

“But in the desert, in the pure clean atmosphere, in the silence – there you can find yourself. And unless you begin to know yourself, how can you even begin to search for God?”
― Father Dioscuros

Bedouin in Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

Bedouin in Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

“As I listened I thought once again how precarious was the existence of the Bedu. Their way of life naturally made them fatalists; so much was beyond their control. It was impossible for them to provide for a morrow when everything depended on a chance fall of rain or when raiders, sickness, or any one of a hundred change happenings might at any time leave them destitute, or end their lives. They did what they could, and no people were more self-reliant, but if things went wrong they accepted their fate without bitterness, and with dignity as the will of God.”
― Wilfred Thesiger

Ray in the desert, surreal landscape of the White Desert, Egypt

Ray in the desert, surreal landscape of the White Desert, Egypt

“In the desert I had found a freedom unattainable in civilization; a life unhampered by possessions, since everything that was not a necessity was an encumbrance. I had found too, a comradeship inherent in the circumstances, and the belief that tranquility was to be found there.”
― Wilfred Thesiger

Surreal landscape of the Namib Desert Acacia Trees in the Deadvlei pan, Namibia

Surreal landscape of the Namib Desert Acacia Trees in the Deadvlei pan, Namibia

“In the desert of the heart, tears do not touch the ground.”
― Charles de Leusse

Rock formations of the White Desert, Egypt

Rock formations of the White Desert, Egypt

“The sand doesn’t care if you’re made of flesh or stone.”
― Joaquin Lowe, Bullet Catcher

Dead Acacia Tree and sun in Hidden Vlei pan, Namib Desert, Namibia

Dead Acacia Tree and sun in Hidden Vlei pan, Namib Desert, Namibia

“Desert is simply that: an ecstatic critique of culture, an ecstatic form of disappearance.”
― Jean Baudrillard, America

Landscape of Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

Landscape of Empty Quarter, Rub al Khali Desert, Oman

“I shivered in those
solitudes
when I heard
the voice
of
the salt
in the desert.”
― Pablo Neruda

Meroe Pyramids in the Nubian Desert, Sudan

Meroe Pyramids in the Nubian Desert, Sudan


Desert photo gallery

 

Shadows on the wall

How I long to be
A shadow on the wall
I will make no sound at all
And when the sun goes down
The shadow on the wall
It cannot be seen at all

-Brandi Carlile-

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Chasing shadows, Sudan

Old Dongola, Sudan

Old Dongola, Sudan

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Skateboarding in Melbourne, Australia

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Colours and shadows of Trinidad, Cuba

Little girl and shadow in Den/ui village, Bushmanland, Namibia

Little girl and shadow in Den/ui village, Bushmanland, Namibia

Shadows on the wall, Sudan

Shadows on the wall, Sudan

 

Sudan in darkness

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Naqa temple by night, Sudan

No, do not worry, I am not going to bore you with a political study and lament on Sudan future… What I want to show you are some photographs that I made between sunsets and sunrises while wandering northern Sudan.

Apart from standard travel photography, I aimed to put some of the Sudanese (pre)historical monuments, dating thousands of years back, into the center of the galaxy and give them a different dimension than the one we know from books, magazines and postcards (not that there are many).

Lion temple of Musawwarat es-Sufra under circling sky, Sudan

Lion temple of Musawwarat es-Sufra under circling sky, Sudan

In most cases I arrived at the locations around noontime to scout the area, to find the right angle for composition and to measure the distance from the temples (as there is no way to focus at night). I also consulted Sky Guide app on my mobile phone (highly recommended) to predict the times of sunset, moonrise and position of stars (Polaris in particular). I placed a big stone to where my tripod would be standing at night, enjoyed the rest of the day taking pictures of people and returned after dark.

Stars over Ghazali, Sudan

Stars over Ghazali, Sudan

For still Milky Way photos, I set ISO on my Nikon to about 3200-6400 and exposed for maximum 20 seconds. For star trails, I usually took one long exposure (60-90 min) or a set of 30-sec-frames that I would later stitch together in Photoshop like this one below.

Jebel barkal pyramids under startrails of the northern sky, Sudan

Jebel barkal pyramids under star trails of the northern sky, Sudan

After pressing my cable release, I would lie down next to my tripod and enjoy the deep darkness and silence in the proximity of the ancient temples or pyramids, gazing to the stars circling above…..needless to say, I almost always fell asleep while my camera was working.

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Lion temple of Musawwarat es-Sufra under circling sky, Sudan

Lion temple of Musawwarat es-Sufra under circling sky, Sudan

I have recently returned from another “trip of my life” – this time Sudan. What a ride! Three weeks of adrenaline-filled delight, more than a few sleepless nights (Sudan is predisposed for nighttime photography), thousands of miles on my odometer, thousands of photographs on my hard-drives and, most importantly, countless beautiful people in my memory forever!!!

Village bakery, Sudan

Village bakery, Sudan

Thank you people of raidantravel.com for helping me out with my dream come true! Especially Ahmed, for his big heart, and Ghazi, for being such a great driver, guide, chef, person and friend. Without you, my journey  would have been half as succesful!

Shadows on the wall, Sudan

Shadows on the wall, Sudan

These are some quickly picked images I managed to process – stay tuned for more!