Photographer and writer, Obie Oberholzer is difficult to find as he’s mostly somewhere else, riding a road around his beloved southern lands. A free spirit, workaholic, the occasional binge boozer, a self-proclaimed visual thug, and vagabond, he’ll laugh at the claim that he is a national treasure.
Happysadland pages through his life on the road along carefree ways, devouring the diesel of the unpredictable and the dust of the haphazard. Happysadland is a collection of situations, incidents, thoughts, and self-humour. He digs deep to find the essence of these southern countries, not in a politically, but in a simple human way. As the road meanders, he embraces the ridiculous, the whimsical and often the serious and the sad.
Oberholzer has never won a prize for his imagery, or even less for his writing, for him it all lies in the pleasure of sharing. He writes like he photographs, undaunted with rough edges, with sadness and gladness, but most of all, with hope.
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