PHOTO STORIES & PROJECTS
46 imagesThe Following images were taken on my 12 month trip along the Silk Road, at one time the most important commercial route between Eastern and Western civilisations. By avoiding air travel and taking time to explore, I was able to observe the way in which cultures blend with and influence one another. Traditional customs and modern technology sometimes collided in the unlikeliest of places, but ultimately afforded me a rare insight as to how the people of these remote locations participate in the 21st century, without negating their ancestral way of life. To travel is to learn. Because when you immerse yourself in cultures less affluent to your own, you challenge your concept of what is valuable, even necessary, in life
36 imagesFor centuries, nomadic culture and traditions have allowed Mongolian families to adapt and survive hard life conditions and develop a particular lifestyle. While the World is succumbing to modernaitzation and new technologies, nomadic families of the remotest parts of Mongolia are trying to maintain the traditions of their ancestors as a way of life. However, technology, climate change and irresponsible tourism are threatening the Mongolian people ancestral lifestyle forcing them to abandon their traditions and choosing sedentary habits moving towards the big cities. Nowadays more than a third of the population lives in Ulaan Bator and the cities around, searching for the possibility of an alternative way of earning a living and providing a better future for their families. The arrival of massive tourism and therefore the chance to win a large sum of money by offering the "authentic" nomadic lifestyle in the summer months, has brought as a consequence that a large number of families living in remote locations had to move towards more touristic areas of the country. Those families take advantage of the weather benevolence and tourism to earn, in just a few days, the same amount of money that would take years of hard work to make under extreme weather conditions, leaving most parts of the country literally inhabited .