Daniel Malka VOYAGE

The images from the Voyage are a symbolic expression of the contrasts encountered in a magical land, driven by my desire to recover what was stolen from me, starting from the very beginning: “Home”. Sometimes dramatic and sometimes dreamlike, the imagery from my journey, is a reflection of childhood memories, peace, harmony, friendship, freedom, beauty, love and details that compose life and humanity into a mirror shattered by lost time, broken dreams and betrayals. The Voyage has allowed me to collect and put back together almost seamlessly, the scattered pieces of what some define as an interesting life, others judge as a crazy life, what I simply call my life, my “Mektoub”. In the land of opportunity, simplicity is seen as poverty, culture is a luxury, beauty is associated to wealth, which in turn fuels envy, selfishness, vanity, and true poverty. Going to the Sahara Desert made me realize that the white picket fence is a purchased, embellished and fabricated illusion of happiness and accomplishment, a statement of arrogance, fake success, hypocrisy and monotony; a desert without oasis, where true humanism will never grow, and its soil will only continue to produce poverty, envy, loneliness and violence. In the land of simplicity, flowers grow from rocks and sand, there is no need for a white picket fence. The photographs in this blog and in my book project VOYAGE, are the testimony of an intense voyage through memory, time, emotions, healing, culture, beauty, simplicity, happiness and humanism.
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