dedicate this website to my dear husband, the great adventurer, cameraman and art collector, Hubert Matysek

his life's work - his expeditions - his art shop



Welcome to the world of the adventurer!

50 years of expeditions around the globe!

Travel with Hubert around our small, beautiful Earth.

On this page you will find many photos of the expeditions that my husband, Hubert Matysek, had made in his "young" years. But even today, Hubert and I still travel to many countries in the Far East and visit "old" friends and their families.

Hubert has produced over 80 documentary films. He was more behind a 16mm camera than he had taken pictures. That is also the reason why you do not see Hubert in photos so often. Unfortunately, the few slides from the 1960s are no longer available. That's a pity!

Nevertheless, there are fabulous shots that Hubert and I want to share with you ...

Let's go on a small world trip...

 




Previously, Hubert presented his documentary films in large event halls. Many travel magazines and newspapers reported about him.

Hubert in his office on the island of Helgoland 1971. He showed proudly his travels, which he had already made in the 1960s up to this date! ( In the foreground: his red macaw parrot "Jockel")

Hubert with his professional camera , here: Thailand, Seychelle, Papua Newguinea, Bali, Komodo Island, Brasil, South Seas,Tonga, Yap, Polynesia, Easter Island, India, Japan, Marrocco, Egypt, Tierra de Fuego, Argentina ... and last, but not least Helgoland, his home.

Bali - Indonesia

At the age of eighteen, Hubert was lying in his bed at night, looking at the ceiling where he had a world map. He wanted to explore our small planet Earth and his dream was always to travel to the small Sunda Island in the Indonesian Sea:

Bali, "the Island of gods and demons"

In 1966 he joined the great journey that took him across several countries, because of course there were no direct flights in those years. In Bali he landed with a small machine with braking parachutes! The airfield consisted only of a hut and little Balinese girls in traditional clothes greeted him with a coconut. What a time! Hubert fell in love with this island from the first minute, Indonesia at all. The Balinese culture is still unique in this world today. From the very beginning, he was looking for contact with the locals. Open-hearted they accepted Hubert. Doors and gates were opened for him. He still has his friends in the princely families, among the artists, the priests, but also in the common people and the farmers. And his friends and their children, even grand-children, have become my friends too. Hubert experienced the most beautiful festivals, extreme ceremonies full of magic and made beautiful films.

In the first year, he even became acquainted with the former president of Indonesia, R.A. Soekarno. Bali became Hubert's home. And I'm so grateful that I was able to live with him there for so long!

photo: Bali / Indonesia in the 1960s




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photo: Bali in the seventies

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photo: Keris Dance in Batubulan, early seventies

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photo: Keris-Dance in Batubulan , early seventies

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photo: Hubert with his friends from Bali (seventies)

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cremation-ceremonie (Ngaben) of a man of high caste (seventies)

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cremation-ceremony (Ngaben) of a man of high caste (seventies)

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photo: cremation of one of Hubert's best friends from Batuan. Death is a very natural thing in Balinese life. It is not a taboo subject like in the West.

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photo on the left: photo on the right: famous Kecak Dance from Bona (seventies)

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photo: Bali in the eighties

Papua Newguinea

Hubert sought the adventure in distant lands. The allure of the unknown inspired him to visit more and more exotic locations for his films. So his way in 1972 led him to Papua New Guinea on the Sepik River and the highlands. The Sepik is the largest river on the island. Along the banks are many tribes who are known for their ritual ceremonies and works of art. Hubert also visited the Asaro Mudmen in the eastern highlands (Goroko) and the people around Mount Hagen, famous for their beautiful ritual body painting and dances. Hubert was fascinated by the so-called "primitive peoples". He spent months with them and returned until 1979 several times. His film "My Friends, the Cannibals" became a great success.

This is my absolute favorite photo of Hubert! Recorded in Mount Hagen, 1972

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Argentina: Tierra de Fuego and Patagonia

Hubert visited Argentina in the early 1970s. His adventurous journey took him to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (Ushuaia). He spent a lot of time there with the farmers and fishermen. His curiosity also led him to the ice glaciers "Perito Moreno Glacier" and its inhabitants, for example the penguins. Hubert loves birds, even if they are not capable of flying. He worked at various ornithological stations around the planet. Hubert also had a seagull for many years and was often with her in German media. Her name was Riffi! Unfortunately, she was killed out of envy. Very sad.

Brazil and the Amazon

Between 1969 and 1981 Hubert visited Brazil and South America many times. In 1972 he made a film about the Indians in the Amazon. Back then, the natives were not always friendly. It was a dangerous journey. Often times, it was only under difficult circumstances that he escaped serious injury and death. Even so, most of the peoples of this huge stream of water are well remembered. He learned from these people how to live in the jungle, how to live in harmony with nature. It was a great lesson for his subsequent expeditions to other continents!

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