This Photographer Spent 10 Years Traveling Around The World, And Here Are His 50 Best Shots!


Pascal Mannaerts is a freelance photographer and he travels the world with his camera. Some of his previous works have been published in National Geographic, BBC, Geo, The Guardian, Lonely planet, Médecins Sans Frontières, and other European magazines.

For over ten years, he has been traveling around the world. He says, “In the process of total immersion in the culture of every region or country I discover, I try to portray the Human in my photographic works. The Human, his thoughts, his convictions, his mystery, his novelty. The Human in portraits, in spontaneous moments, in slices of everyday life, through series of photographs which tend to open a dialogue, arouse emotions and questions.”

And these are his own selection of 50 best shots from Mannaerts!


1. The U Bein Bridge, Myanmar

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” Lao Tzu.

2. Fishermen Of Sri Lanka in Ahangama

Magic and surreal visions. Stilt fishing is practiced by several families of fishermen of Sri Lanka (here in Ahangama).

3. A Woman In Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes,” Marcel Proust.

4. The Blue City of Medina

The blue covering the Medina of Chefchaouen provides to the different parts of town this dazzling look of purity and freshness under a mountain sun. The Medina seems like a huge, winding hall of mirrors. By focusing in these streets of blue and isolation, by penetrating the crystal near its shades of blue, there would even be water dripping onto the soil and roam freely in the streets. Shades of blue are endless. Each building has a different pigmentation from the neighbor.

5. In The Blue Of Harrar, Ethiopia

6. Holi Celebrations In Vrindavan, India

7. Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan

8. The Tsaatan Nomads In Mongolia

9. An Abandoned Train Rusts Around Uyuni, Bolivia

10. Sunrise In Gobi Desert, Mongolia

11. Holi Celebrations In Vrindavan, India

12. Monks Debate Doctrines Every Afternoon At The Jokhang Temple In Lhasa, Tibet

Travel, open your mind, and learn. Everyday! - Monks debate doctrines every afternoon at the Jokhang temple in Lhasa, Tibet.

13. The Historic Sanctuary Of Machu Picchu

Embedded within a dramatic landscape at the meeting point between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin, the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere and the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization. Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century. It was not until 1911 that the archaeological complex was made known to the outside world.

14. Hindus Immersing Themselves In A Pool FIlled With Colored Water During Holi In Nasik, India

“Not all those who wander are lost”, J.R.R. Tolkien.

15. Women In Varanasi, India

16. Storm At The Red Cliff, Mongolia

17. Pascal Mannaerts

The Monastery, or "Al-Deir", was probably a temple, originally, and was an important center of pilgrimage. During the Byzantine period it was used as a monastery, hence its current name. It is the largest monument in Petra: 154 meters wide, 147 feet high, 8 summits to the urn.

18. Women Are Working In The Tea Plantations Near Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

19. Rusted Ship On The Beach Of Nouakchott, Mauritania

"When a man is bound with a rope, sooner or later, he breaks it." Fulani proverb.

20. Balloon Overview Of The Valley Of The Kings At Sunrise, Egypt

Balloon overview of the Valley of the Kings at sunrise. The valley of the Kings is a region located on the Western bank of the Nile, at the height of Thebes (now the modern city of Luxor). It houses the tombs of many pharaohs of the New Kingdom.

21. Laguna Colorada, South Lipez

22. Travel Photos

23. Ritual Dance, Hamer People, Ethiopia

24. Medina, Fez

25. Fresco In The Great Temple of Abu Simbel, Egypt

26. In The Bush, Gorom-Gorom

27. South Lipez, Bolivia

28. Pascal Mannaerts

29. Sunrise On Timeless Varanasi, India

"Varanasi stands among my top 5 places. I can say that it is in Varanasi, when I was discovering this eternal and so inspiring city for the first time, that I realized I wanted to use my camera as a witness of all my experiences and discoveries. To share them later with the maximum people possible."

30. Peacefulness And Harmony At The Song-Köl Lake, Kyrgyzstan

31. Separation Wall Between Israel And The Palestinian Occupied Territories, Bethlehem

32. Erg Chebbi, Merzouga

33. Sunrise On Masjed Jame, Yazd, Iran

34. A Little Restaurant Near Pokhara, Nepal

Here is a picture taken in a little restaurant near Pokhara, Nepal. Travelling the world is about, inter alia, breaking your own barriers and meeting people with your mind and heart wide open. And I must honestly say that in all the places I have visited, I have always felt at ease and warmly welcomed.

35. Yaks Wander In The Pamir Mountains In Eastern Tajikistan

Yaks wander in the Pamir mountains in Eastern Tajikistan, one of the most unexplored and isolated regions on Earth.

36. The Beautiful city Of Djenné, Mali

Djenné is undoubtedly the most beautiful city in Mali. Known around the world, its imposing mud mosque is classified by UNESCO as World Heritage of Humanity. Djenné has the appearance of a large village. People move around on foot, by scooter or on carts pulled by a donkey. Only a few tarps are allowed on the main square, for those arriving or leaving the city.

37. Amani Village, Kenya

38. Port, Nouakchott

39. Sehzade Mosque, Istanbul

40. Sud Lipez Area, Bolivia

“Life is a journey and not a destination”, Buddhist quote.

41. Uros Tribe, Floating Islands On Lake Titicaca

42. Salvador, Brazil

Largo do Pelourinho is a historic neighborhood located in the western zone of Salvador, Brazil. It was the city's center during the Portuguese Colonial Period, and was named for the whipping post (Pelourinho means Pillory) in its central plaza where African slaves received punishment for various infractions, as well as for disciplinary purposes.

43. Isla De Pescadores, Salar De Uyuni

44. A Mother In The Crowd At The Damascus Gate, Jerusalem

45. Isla Del Sol

46. Manhattan

47. Lost In The Crowd In The Segou Market, Mali

Travelling the world is stepping out of your comfort zone, being ready to embrace the unknown.

48. Brazil

49. Walk On The Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, USA

50. Blu Mural On An Old Abandoned Factory In Cuvrystraße In Kreuzberg

Blu mural on an old abandoned factory in Cuvrystraße in Kreuzberg, along the Spree. Blu is an urban artist originally from Bologna, Italy. He traveled the globe (Sao Paulo, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Belfast, Malta, Gaza, Mexico, Guatemala City, Managua, Costa Rica ...) looking for walls to paint. He spreads his art wherever he goes.

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