On the road with the FaceHunter in Morocco

mb! Magazine takes fashion photographer and globe-blogger Yvan Rodic, also known as the FaceHunter, on a 1200 km roadtrip across the stunning Maghreb country, documenting local style and beauty while discussing how we invent our identity through pieces of the world.

So this is your first time in Morocco. What is your impression of the country?
I think Morocco has an incredible diversity and sense of detail when it comes to aesthetics, decoration, architecture and interior design. Almost everywhere you go there’s a very sophisticated sense of putting elements together. The contrast is also interesting. For instance, you can be in one street and see poverty and underdevelopment, and then in the next street you’ll step right back into the 21st century.

Speaking of travel: you’re in a different city virtually every week, or almost every day. What does it take? Do you have to be an extroverted person by nature?
I used to be more introverted, but because I like discovering I became less so over time. One thing is for sure: you need to be able to talk to people – that’s my way of traveling at least. You might meet someone and they’ll tell you about a festival or something else that’s happening somewhere, and introduce you to their friends – that’s one of the key methods to discovering a country without just reading a travel guide.

The secret to packing for several months on the go?
Be ready for every climate possible – lama wool beanie for arctic conditions and espadrilles for tropical weather, so you avoid surprises.

Apart from your tech gear, what can’t you live without?
My Rimowa suitcases, avocados and coconut water.

Was your career path obvious in your childhood already?
I don’t think it was obvious but I was very curious, always hungry for knowledge and discovery. I was obsessed with maps – I had this map of the world that was my biggest source of excitement. I would travel just by crawling around on it, learning every country, every capital and dreaming of going everywhere.

What would you like your legacy to be?
I’d like people to remember me for collecting faces from every corner of the world. But especially for showing the contemporary vibe and culture of cities that are either little known or only known for their traditional side.

What are you grateful for at this point in your life?
I’m grateful to be working with what I love, to be so free and to be able to be surrounded by so many different cultures.

Head over to mb! Magazine for the whole interview and some more impressions of the FaceHunter in Morocco.

Images by Yvan Rodic and Hadassa Haack | Words by Hadassa Haack