"Traveller" de Michael Katakis

Fotógrafo e escritor, Michael Katakis, tem dedicado os últimos 25 anos a percorrer o mundo, a fotografar a China, África, Estados Unidos, Coreia, Cuba, Filipinas e alguns países da Europa.
Recebi uma newsletter do viajante Michael Palin a recomendar o último livro de Katakis, "Traveller: Observations from an American in Exile" cujo prefácio abaixo deixo:

“In both his letters and in his journal, Michael has the infectious ability to sense the essence of a place and transmit it to the reader. Whether on the dusty roads of Sierra Leone, in a café on the Bosporus, in a Chinese village without a map, in Dallas, Texas or on the Paris Metro, he makes a place for us beside him.
Michael has two other vital qualities for a good traveler, curiosity and a conscience. I’ve seen his curiosity in action. He goes up to people, says hello and asks where they’re from. And does it with such charm and obvious good intent that soon he has friends around him like the Pied Piper had children. At the same time he worries and he cares. Frustration, disillusion and indignation burst out of these pages, undisguised and deeply felt.
Traveller is the work of a decent and honorable man in a world where the deceitful and dishonorable have far too much influence. If you want to be reassured that the word humanity still means something, look inside.”

Mais do que ler sobre locais que já vimos centenas de vezes na televisão, é obter uma visão (neste caso em escrita e imagem) das diferenças entre nós, seres humanos e as pequenas histórias que coexistem nessas relações de diferença e de proximidade.