This is the story in words and 488 pictures of a two month journey in search of the “Dakar Orphans”, the places and people the famous rally left behind when it moved to another continent; not with support trucks, jeeps, helicopters and high tech sleeping gear, but with local means of transportation and accomodation, on a tight budget, across Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and Niger.
Joost de raeymaeker is a Belgian photojournalist with his home in Lisbon, Portugal. After studying as a musician at the Jazz-Studio in Antwerp and studying history at the Ufsia in antwerp, the Flup in porto and the Rug in Ghent, he worked for a number of years as owner/manager of an it-security company called Rsvp Consultores Associados. After these years of using too much of his left brain hemisphere, he gradually went back to using his right one through his dorment passion for photography. First he worked as a black and white printer, using his spare time to perfect his photographic technique. In 2004, he dedicated himself full time to photography, as a photojournalist. He exhibited in Portugal, Ireland, Belgium and has work published in various Portuguese and International publications.