KULTURHYBRID®

Photography about People

— There were countless scary things in each unknown environment, endless cultural differences that appeared to be wrong and several annoying reasons to turn away from people. However, there was one fundamental element in everyone I meet which turned even the most foreign character to a familiar friend. The strive for love.

ཡུལ་ཤུལ་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ།

Yushu, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (2016)

A 3000km long journey to the border of Tibet.
Fujifilm X100T + 23mm F2
#Personal #Recap

 

 

المملكة المغربية

Morocco (2016)

A month-long trip full of contrasts across Morocco.
Fujifilm X100T + 23mm F2
#Documentary #Selection

 

 

Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam

Vietnam (2017)

A month-long motorbike tour through Vietnam.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 + 23mm F2
#Documentary #Selection

 

 

ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា

Cambodia (2017)

A six-month-long volunteer experience in Cambodia.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 + 23mm F2
#Volunteering #Recap

 

 

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජය

Sri Lanka (2018)

A two-month-long trip by train around Sri Lanka.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 + 23mm F2
#Documentary #Selection

 

 
 

日本から愛をこめて

Final Words: From Japan with Love (2019)

I moved around the globe just to realize that I know nothing about the world and I talked to hundreds of people just to realize that the world knows nothing about me. This realization was the best lesson of my life and it taught me that - with the right mix of naivety and respect - I can go wherever I want, I can do whatever I want and I can be whoever I want. The only barrier I have to overcome is my own fear that was created by years of living in a bubble of ignorance and a society that would rather pessimistically ask "why?" instead of an encouraging "why not?".

Eventually, all that keeps a person away from archiving a goal is the person itself. Luckily, I was curious enough to make the step out. I was aware enough to understand that my perspective is not the standard for the rest of the world and I was persistent enough to see the good in people instead of cutting myself on every cultural edge. The world can be a rough place, however, all the smiles I felt are more worth than all the struggles I had while reaching them. I am privileged to have the possibility to explore and to experience other cultures and it's my responsibility to treat this opportunity with respect for the people I visit and the people I represent. It is ignorance that creates distance and fear that keeps us apart. But it's curiosity that brings us together and cultural exchange that makes us understand each other.

Speaking about exchanging. Sometimes people ask me how I communicate while travelling and living without knowing the languages. On a deeper level, common words obviously are essential to express our intellectual points and emotional needs, however, on the level we move in everyday life it’s a whole different story. I reached some of my most remote places by using body language. If I smile you see that I am happy. If I hold my folded hands next to my head you understand I am tired. If I take off my shoes and wave my hand in front of my nose while making a funny face you will probably laugh because my feet are smelly. And if I touch my heart and bow you hopefully feel that I am genuinely thankful. There are many things that try to hinder us from exchanging, however, there is one universal language that connects every human. It's based on our emotions, thousands of years old and beautiful.
I simply call it Love.

 
 

This is the end of KULTURHYBRID's first journey. After two years I saw everything I could wish for. I did everything I desired and I said everything I had in mind. I recently arrived in Tokyo, Japan and I will now think about what's next for me. Thank you for following me.