Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

Marche des Haratines

Marché Marrocain

Mohamed Ali 

Grievers and journalists
On the 29th of April the haratines, black moors descendent of ancien tributaires or slaves came out in the streets to celebrate a year of the publication of a manifest for their political, economical and social rights. With slavery still happening in remote areas and poverty striking most of its members (learn more here, article in french ) they really need that their difficulties are dealt with.
The demonstration was a success even if two of the great leaders of the Haratine movement refused to participate. The atmosphere was festive and people were enjoying that they had the freedom to walk and talk about their cases.
Mosqué Ibn Abass
Tabarina journaliste
The demonstration ended by the square where the first "grande mosquée" of Nouakchott is Mosquée Ibn Abass. Speeches were delivered and then everyone left quietly home.



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