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Rashid, Egypt, from the series Odyssey
Rashid, Egypt, from the series Odyssey | © Alexander Mourant
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Photographer Alexander Mourant Captures His Trip From Cairo to Cape Town

Picture of Andrew Thompson
Updated: 24 July 2018
London-based photographer Alexander Mourant travelled from Cairo to Cape Town and captured the landscapes and people he encountered along the way.

Mourant, a graduate in photography from Falmouth University, England, set off from Cairo on an epic road trip that would last five months and cover thousands of kilometres overland. Over the course of the journey he photographed the people and landscapes he encountered, and how the two interact.

He travelled by car with members of the RAW Foundation, which aims to educate and engage young people about sustainability. As such, many of his photographs highlight the dire situation the continent is facing with litter and pollution.

Rather than focussing on the obvious sights and attractions along the way, he drilled down into the personalities of the land and people in a way that few photographers before him have. His upbringing as a farmer’s child in Jersey, Channel Islands, helped cement a relationship with the land that shines through in many of the pictures that he selected for final inclusion in his series Odyssey.

Over the course of the journey, Mourant explored Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. He shot mainly on film, and returned home to sort through the pictures in order to select a few for the final exhibition.

Mourant, who was born in Jersey in 1994, is continuing his studies at the Royal College of Art. You can follow him on Instagram, or visit his website for more information on his projects.

Samburu Warriors, Milgis Trust, Kenya, from the series Odyssey
Samburu warriors, Milgis Trust, Kenya, from the series Odyssey | © Alexander Mourant
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En route to Beira, Mozambique | © Alexander Mourant
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Semien Mountains, Ethiopia | © Alexander Mourant
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | © Alexander Mourant
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Semien Mountains, Ethiopia | © Alexander Mourant
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Okavango Delta, Botswana | © Alexander Mourant
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Semien Mountains, Ethiopia | © Alexander Mourant
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Highway 12, South Africa | © Alexander Mourant
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | © Alexander Mourant
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Gidole, Ethiopia | © Alexander Mourant
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Old Cairo, Egypt | © Alexander Mourant
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Lake Victoria, Tanzania | © Alexander Mourant
Rashid, Egypt, from the series Odyssey
Rashid, Egypt | © Alexander Mourant