I love to write. I've written several books in which I try to document my journeys. The cumulative routes I've driven across Africa between 2004 to 2011 are illustrated in the map below. In sum, I've driven across almost the whole of Africa :
Some of my books are private limited editions, but most are published online and printed on demand. Some books are also available as eBooks and can be previewed 100% on screen by CLICKING HERE or by clicking directly on the book covers themselves. If you purchase these books online, they will be printed on demand, and delivered by Fedex directly to you from the printers in USA. The eBooks are directly downloadable on purchase.
Yusuf Hashim African Journey
is my latest book. It has pictures and anectdotes about my drives across Africa from 2003-2011. Yusuf Hashim-African Journey is only available by application as a print-on-demand book. You can click on the African Journey flysheet cover below, which is a link to a few double spread sample pages. Or you can scroll below instead. My books are meant to be read and enjoyed by anyone that's interested. They are not for profit and I only want one hard cover leather bound copy for myself as a keepsake. When I have some time to spare, I'll try and make a pdf version available for free and unrestricted downloads.
The following are some sample double spread pages from my book, Yusuf Hashim - African Journey
This is the Title Page
This is the Foreword Page
These are Pages 168-169 shot in a typical Masai Village in Tanzania. Their mud houses are coverd with mud and cow dung. The Masais are fierce warriors and cattle herders. They have an unusual practice. They drink fresh blood from their cattle, obtained by making a cut in a vein and collecting the blood.
Below are Pages 61-62. In my research for African Journey, I discovered that King Leopold II of Belgium, one of the greatest tyrants in history, butchered and maimed more than 10 million people in the Congo Free State in a system of forced labour and slavery, to enrich his personal coffers. Compared to Leopold, Hitler was only a kid. I name Leopold the Royal Butcher of Africa.
Condemning Leopold, in 1904 the American poet Vachel Lindsay wrote :
Listen to the yell of Leopold's ghost,
Burning in Hell for his hand-maimed host.
Hear how the demons chuckle and yell,
Cutting his hands off, down in Hell.
Yusuf Hashim -African Journey Page 61 - King Leopold, Royal Butcher of Africa
I also devoted two pages to Ghaddafi of Libya. If you believe the spin doctors, Ghaddafi is a demon. In reality Ghaddafi was good for Libya, holding together the usually fractious Libyans, into a whole country. One of his greatest socio-economic projects for Libya, little known outside of Libya itself, was his Great Man Made River Project. Ghaddafi called it the Eighth Wonder of the world. Tapping the Nubian Aquifer System beneath the Sahara Desert, 500 meter deep Artesian wells were drilled in the south and south west parts of Libya, to produce water, which was then distributed throughout Libya, through thousands of kilometers of giant 6 meter pipes buried beneath the desert sands. During the 2011 Libyan Civil War, NATO destroyed the Brega Plant, which was one of two facilities which manufactured the huge pipes used in the Great Man Made River Project...so that after the war, Libya will be forced to source these pipes from Europe using Libyan Oil to pay for them. Sneaky.
Page 16 has a couple of photos of Swaziland maidens. Most Swazi women usually dont walk around bare breasted, but at the annual Umhlanga, or Reed Dance ceremony, at the residence of Swazi Absolute King Mswati III, 100,000 chanting, bare-breasted unmarried girls and women, or almost 10 per cent of the entire population of Swaziland, parade in front of King Mswati, hoping to catch his eye and be picked out to become his next wife. At last count the King has 14 wives and 23 children.
AIDS is a serious problem in Swaziland. About 30% of the population is infected. To arrest the spread of AIDS, the King announced in 2000 that all HIV-positive people should be "sterilized and branded". In 2001 the king invoked the ancient chastity rite, the umchwasho, that banned women under the age of 18 from sex. However, two months after imposing the ban, he violated this decree when he married a 17-year-old girl, who became his 13th wife. In line with his Swaziland custom, he was fined a cow by members of the bride's entourage, which he duly paid.
Savouring Life @ f/8 and 1/100th of a second.
This is a 200 pages, leather bound book I wrote specially for my Grandchildren. I've had several hard disk crashes where I've lost several thousand photo files. I did this book to ensure that at least a few selected pictures are preserved for posterity. Savouring Life at f/8 was published in 2010. I'm mulling whether to produce an eBook version and make it public. Clicking on the image below will take you to a few sample pages of this book. The chain on a locked door on the first page, was shot in the ancient caravanserai city of Kashi or Kashgar in Xinjiang Uyghur. It signifies the opening of a door to sights normally unseen by most, brought into the bok by this wonderful instrument called a camera, which can freeze unrepeatable moments in time.
My present pet project is a rather large leather bound Portfolio Book of my favourite pictures. Titled Chiaroscuro +, I will be offering limited edition canvas prints of only 10 prints from each photo in this book. The prints will be numbered and printed only on canvas, at a minimum size of 36 inches x 36 inches or larger. Chiaroscuro plus is a labour of love and is still a work-in-progress. It contains pictures printed on canvas, intended for a solo exhibition which I want to do as soon as I can locate a suitable place and find suitable sponsors. The book is a sort of catalog for the exhibition, and will be available for purchase as a print on demand book, leather bound and in hard cover, to be priced at least at RM2000. Chiaroscuro in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting the whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects such as the human body. This book and the exhibition will be my pathetic attempt to imitate the great masters of the art world..
Here is the Title Page of my Chiaroscuro Plus book
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I organize PhotoSafaris to exotic places, primarily for photographers, but also for Gypsetters. The following books were done by me to showcase some the work of participants of my PhotoSafaris. They are all available on line and are printed and delivered only when someone buys them. They are also available in eBook versions. All can be previewed online for free. Free? Yes. If you do something for money, it's work. If you do something for free, it's passion. And photography is a passion for me. So you're welcome to browse my books online for free. Click on the book covers below to preview any of my books, or click HERE.
When I first started my PhotoSafaris back in 2008, it was easy to do one book after each Photosafari to an exotic location. These days however, with a busy travel schedule, workshops, speaking and teaching engagements, running www.photomalaysia.com and Facebook, time is a little short. I've got about 12 books which are works-in-progress, and they can probably be completed only when my travel program is lessened. I tried to do The Third Eye, a news magazine for the 80,000 members of www.photomalaysia.com which I run with four other photographer buddies, but after just one issue, I found that I simply couldn't cope, so The Third Eye as a regular PhotoSafari News Magazine, is presently on temporary suspension. You can check out the first issue of The Third Eye by clicking on its cover above.