Said Obraim.. The photographer travels from the foothills of Ait Baha to the peaks of the Himalayas

From the Anti-Atlas mountains, and precisely from Ait Baha, where he was born in 1957, Said Obraim moved to the cities of Agadir and Inezgane, since the sixties of the last century, and the reason for leaving his hometown was the of his family. insistence on continuing his children’s education, as well as his father’s working conditions. He obtained his high school diploma from Abdullah bin Yassine High School in Inezgane in 1980, and then joined the city of Marrakech, where he obtained a diploma of a teacher training school, which qualified him to become an earth and life sciences teacher, after which he returned to work in the Agadir areas, before rejoining one of its secondary schools.

Said Obraim, the photographer who has linked an eternal love with the camera since he was a child, left the walls of educational institutions as a professor of life and earth sciences, to opt for relative retirement in 2014; In order to dedicate himself to his hobby in the field of photography, he tells Hespress about his beginnings in the field: “I grew up in a space where paintings were absent, especially in my town, except for some paintings by my grandfather. in France, dating from the 1920s, and they’re in black and white, they affected me a bit.”

About the beginnings of his weaving of a true love story and a close connection with the camera, it was during his university studies in Marrakech. Said Obraim says of her: “The signs of this attachment began when she was a student in a French teacher’s college. of animal biology in Marrakech, and he was also a photographer and travel lover who transmitted this love to me; What added to that impression was that he and I traveled to the south of Morocco, where I started practicing. Of course, the first payment I received after graduation was for the purchase of a camera, and at that time, around 1983, I entered this field practically.”

Photography is considered by O’Briem as an expressive medium like other artistic genres and adds: “Photography is part of me, and I discovered that it is the closest medium to me, and it is a window to the world. When I photograph, I do not see in front of me, but I see other worlds; Photography helps me to discover and explore, and what I feel is inside the image. It is not an ordinary image for me, but it is filled with a group of feelings and messages, and in For a moment I found myself unable to divorce myself from this machine”, and added: “This field was embryonic in Morocco, and practitioners counted on tiptoe, and we founded the first Moroccan association of photographic art in 1988”.

It is obvious that the photography lover accompanies him to travel, but is the trip for the photo or the photo for the trip? It is a dialectical equation that Obraim cannot decipher, stating: “This is a question that I have not yet been able to answer. Do I travel to photograph or is it the journey that motivates me to photograph?” Indeed, since my childhood I have been fond of traveling, and I did not attempt to leave Morocco until after having covered it far and wide and by ordinary means, such as ‘hitchhiking’, on foot and others, but the trip was accompanied by a camera.

And always associated with image and travel, Saeed Obraim’s journey to the Himalayas constituted the highlights of his life, and here is the image that prompted him, and about this he said: “The idea of ​​traveling to the high mountains of the Himalayas , and exactly to the Tibet region, it started when I was constantly visiting the Imlshiel region, which I still have a special connection with its inhabitants to this day, and I saw a documentary film on a French channel, and the Faces of the inhabitants caught my attention, and I thought that they could be Berbers, just like the inhabitants of Imilchil, but I was sure that they were from Tibet, so I set out to find the location of this region on the globe, so I thought In these similarities, the user decided to travel. I went through China and the borders with Vietnam, Laos and then Tibet, which was very difficult to enter, but in the end I was able to, and from there to Nepal, India and Turkey, until I returned to Morocco after 45 days, in 2010, and photographed 63,000 photos of this trip.

“Talking about this trip is very long, I made an exhibition called ‘Tibetan Tea Cup’ and wrote a book about it, and it was a very important and rich experience, because it looked for the similarities and differences between the people of Imlchil. and Tibet, but the more I looked for the difference, I found the similarity, in features, music, dishes, etcetera”, says the photographer himself.

Of the book he wrote, also titled “Tibetan Cup of Tea,” Obraim said: “Unfortunately, in Morocco, no one cared, and I didn’t get what I wanted in our beloved country, perhaps because travel writing is absent. , and has drawn the attention of university professors. In France, it can be linked to the general cultural situation in Morocco, in which the culture of reading is almost non-existent, and I am about to publish a second book about the last generation of nomads in Imlchel… At least these books will remain as a footprint in the Moroccan treasure, which will one day be read”.

And the same spokesman continues: “I converted the basement of my house into a small museum open to all, convinced of the importance of transmitting the culture of the image to the recipient, combating visual illiteracy and consolidating the aesthetic and artistic panorama. An individual museum, open and free, visited by students, foreign visitors and researchers, and on the other hand, inviting schools, associations and institutions to frame training in this field in the various regions of Morocco, such as today’s image. it is imposed, given the speed of its impact on the addressee; Therefore, continuous training in this field is necessary.

Digital and electronic development does not consider Saeed Obraim as a threat to the image, stating: “Maybe this is another aspect that starts with its pros and cons, but the image and the camera have advantages and peculiarities, and the phone can replace to the camera. , but this does not prevent the photographer from continuing with his creativity; A development from which the image benefits, provided it is used and employed well.” He concluded his speech to Hespress by saying: “We need to fight against visual illiteracy and develop our aesthetic and artistic perspective. We need an eye that sees aesthetically and educates our eyes to see what is beautiful. It is unfortunate that a person spends years in various educational fields without receiving training or lessons on the image”.