Said Obraim .. 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 motive for leaving his original town was his family’s a. insisting on the continuation of the education of their children, as well as the conditions of his father’s work. He obtained his baccalaureate degree from Abdullah bin Yassine High School in Inezgane in 1980, and then joined the city of Marrakesh, where he received a diploma of a teacher training school, which qualified him to become a professor of life and earth sciences, after which he returned to work in the areas of Agadir, before rejoining one of his secondary schools.

Said Obraim, the photographer who has connected an eternal love with the camera since childhood, left the walls of educational institutions as a teacher of life and earth sciences to choose relative retirement in 2014; Dedicating himself to his hobby in the field of photography, he told Hespress about his beginnings in the field: “I grew up in a space where photographs were absent, especially in my town, with the exception of a few photos of my grandfather in France, dating from the 1920s, and they are in black and white, I was slightly moved by them.”

About the beginning of his weaving a true love affair and a close connection with the camera, it was during his university studies in Marrakesh. Said Obraim says about her: “The signs of this attachment began when I was a student with a French professor of animal biology in Marrakesh, and he was also a photographer and a lover of travel who transmitted this love to me ; What added to that impression was that he and I traveled to the south of Morocco, where I began training. The first fee I received after graduation was, of course, for the purchase of a camera, and on at that time, around 1983, I entered this field in a practical way.”

The picture is considered by O’Briem as an expressive medium like other artistic genres. He added: “Photography is part of me, and I have found 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 see other worlds; Photography helps me to discover and explore, and what I feel is inside the image. It is not an ordinary picture for me, but rather it is filled with a group of feelings and messages, and I have found that at one point I could not part with this machine,” adding: “This field was embryonic in Morocco, and practitioners counted on their toes, and we founded the first Moroccan association for photographic art. year 1988”.

It is clear that the lover of photography accompanies him to travel, but is travel for the sake of the image or the image for the sake of travel? It’s a dialectical comparison that Obraim can’t decipher and says: “It’s a question I haven’t been able to answer yet. Do I travel to photograph, or is it travel that motivates me to photograph?” Indeed, since my childhood I loved to travel, and I did not try to leave Morocco until I had wandered through it in length and breadth and in ordinary ways, such as the ‘autostop’, walking and others, but the journey was through accompanied by a camera.

And always associated with the image and travel, the journey to the Himalayas by Saeed Obraim was the most prominent stations in his life, and here is the image that prompted him, and about this he said: “The idea of ​​going to the high mountains of the Himalayas, and precisely to the Tibet region, began when I constantly visited the Imlshiel region, which to this day I still have a special connection with its inhabitants, and I have a documentary film on a French channel, and the faces of the inhabitants caught my attention, and I thought that they might be Berbers, just like the inhabitants of Imilchil, but I was sure that they were from Tibet, so I began to search for the location of this region on the globe, so I thought In these agreements, the bearer decided to travel. I went through China and the borders with Vietnam, Laos, and then Tibet, which was very difficult to enter, but I could in the end, and from there to Nepal, India and Turkey, until I looked back after 45 days er went to Morocco, in 2010, and took 63,000 photos from this trip.

“Talking about this journey is very long, I held an exhibition called ‘Tibetan Tea Cup’ and wrote a book about it, and it was a very important and rich experience because I 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 characteristics, music, dishes, and so on,” says the photographer himself.

About the book he wrote, also titled “Tibetan Cup of Tea”, Obraim said: “Unfortunately, nobody in Morocco cared about it, and it did not get what I wished for in our dear country, perhaps because travel literature is absent , and it has received some attention from university professors. In France, it can be linked to the general cultural situation in Morocco, in which the reading culture is almost non-existent, and I am about to publish a second book about the last generation of nomads in Imlchel.. These books will at least remain an imprint in the Moroccan treasury, which will one day be read.”

And the same spokesperson continued: “I converted the basement of my house into a small museum open to all, out of my belief in the importance of transmitting the culture of the image to the recipient, combating visual illiteracy and to consolidate the aesthetic and artistic outlook An Individual, open and free museum, visited by students, visitors from abroad and researchers, and on the other hand, I Invite schools, associations and institutions to train in this field in the different regions of To frame Morocco, as the image imposes itself today, given the speed of its impact on the recipient; Therefore, continuous training in this field is necessary.

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

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