Monday
Oct202014

Gunther Holtorf

"The more you travel, the more you realise how little you have seen."

Back in 1989, Gunther Holtorf had a hunger for travel. Adventure. The freedom of discovery. He packed up his trusty Mercedes Benz G-Wagen - lovingly nicknamed Otto - and headed out on an eighteen month tour of Africa.

Twenty five years on, at 76 years old, that journey is only just coming to a close. Along with Otto and his wife Christine, Gunther travelled 550,000 miles across 179 countries, all with the quiet hush of a true labour of love.

There was no blog, there was no book deal and there was no sponsorship. ("Sponsorship is never free.") Instead, Gunther preferred to stick to his strict 'no technology' methodology. They slept in their car, they ate simply and locally on whatever they could find at the market and they documented it all on two well-loved Lyca film cameras.

But through it all, Gunther lived. He lived not just his dream, but the lives of everyone he met along his way. Perhaps too often we get so caught up in what we think we know about the world through books or the web or something we saw or heard - that we hold ourselves back from actually getting out there and experiencing it. Because that's where the real memories are, right ...? The experience. And boy does Gunther have a bank load of 'em.