Since a long time ago, pastoral herders have lived on the Mongolian steppe, moving with their livestock according to seasons. A few of them still live in traditional yurts (Gers), subsisting on the meat and milk of their animals, and living in a total harmony with nature. In recent years, Ulanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia has attracted few nomads who were lured by the illusion of a better life. Today, more than half of Ulanbaatar population lives in what is called the Ger Districts, where ex-nomads live without access to basic public services. This photo-essay aims to highlight what they have sacrificed (2014).
The 3,000 year old martial art is not only a sport or a tradition but it is also a subculture with rich moral and philosophical heritage. The wrestlers follow strict set of rules; the akhara is considered a holy space where prayers take place and the master who trains the wrestlers is a guru, a holy man.
This photo collection has been taken during one of the early morning training sessions in one of the oldest akharas in Varanasi: Tulsi Ghat Akhara (2015).
Kyrgyzstan: Mr Baktibek
Mr Baktibek: my host in Kyrgyzstan for 5 days. Age: 52 yo (2016). Occupation: Tourist driver, loving husband, caring father and grandfather too. Passion: Farming. Address: Chyrak, a little village with no paved roads, 420km away from Bichkek the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Wife: Ms. Janneh. Primary School teacher and housewife, loving wife, mother and grandmother. Children: A medical student, a biochemistry graduate, a physiculture trainer, and fraternal twins (one soon to become a high-school student in mathematics science and the other a soccer player who loves Suarez.)
"The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, Someone to love, and Something to hope for." Alexander Chalmers.
London: People of Tate
Tate modern is a gallery of contemporary art in London.
People interaction with art objects is fascinating. There presence is in a way a part of the gallery experience.
"Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together." Mark Twain.
What caught my attention in Varanasi (2015) is the number of diverging paths that converge so well in this mystic and culturally rich city: Past & Present, Old & Young, One & Many, Calm & Noisy, Lines & Curves, Blue&Reds, Yoga & Kushti, Vivid colours vs Muted, Tradition & Modernity and the list is long. It seemed like a city where many roads meet: A crossroads city.
Dhaka: Men at Work
2016. Dhaka. Bangladesh.
Work. Pollution, Routine, Melancholy, Somber.
... A glimpse of the working conditions in Old Dhaka.
Kathmandu, Nepal, 2013.
Catalonia Wants to Vote
Catalonia is preparing to hold a referendum to separate from Spain on October 1st, 2017. The vote will be onwhether Catalans want to form an independent republic. Spain consider that vote illegal and unconstitutional. All efforts are therefore made to stop it from happening. Spain’s democratic constitution of 1978, which was widely approved by Catalan voters affirms “the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation”.
This collection of pictures was made in Barcelona during the week leading to the vote.
A fishing day in Kizimkazi
Kizimkazi is a small fisherman village in the south of Zanzibar island (Tanzania) where I had the privilege to spend few days observing and experiencing the life and activities of its inhabitants.
This photo collection documents a day of Kizimkazi fishermen and the associated activities by the shore.
Fishermen in traditional catamaran boats in the early morning.
Handline fishing is the traditional way of fishing in Kizimkazi.
Although relatively expensive, some fishermen opted for a motor driven boat which can be used for many other activities beside fishing.
Fishermen and helpers moving back a traditional catamaran boat out of the sea.
Women collecting mussels in a low tide.
A family hunting Octopus.
Kizimkazi boy with two sardines.
Sardines are caught with encircling nets that are typically placed and collected twice a week. The catch is sold at the shore within minutes. Kids usually wait for the trade to finish and look for left overs (two sardines or three) underneat the nets.
A bucket full of sardines with a barracuda fish.
Yellowfin Tuna deep sea fishing is also very common in Kizimkazi.
A fisherman cooking fish by the shore.
A beach scene in Kizimkazi.
Man with two Yellowfin tunas on his motobike.
Traces of water on the shore.
Traditional net making tools.
A man repairing a net in Kizimkazi beach.
Fishermen preparing a net for fishing.
Football is very popular in Kizimkazi. Some fishermen end their day with a deserved game along other young villagers.
Fishermen pushing their boat to the sea before sunset.
Among other activities, some villagers and fishermen spend their evening watching television at one of the small grocery stores of the village.
Kizimkazi: A School Visit
There are people in this world doing amazing things with nearly nothing and others doing nothing with a lot of things. We shall count our blessings and be thankful. If we cannot help the people in need let's help those who are helping others... for a better world where basic rights are accessible to everyone.
Russia: Worldcup and Soviet Legacy
2018 Worldcup is a mean for Russian Leadership to show a new face of Russia and it has, according to me, largely succeeded in doing so: state of the art infrastructure, flawless organization, modernized (or westernized aka capitalist) society and so on. Nonetheless, Soviet symbols reminding us of the past are still present. The URSS legacy hasn’t been completely transformed. Should it be? One may ask?
This short collection of photographs aims to highlights some of these symbols mixed with Worldcup moments bringing us back and forth between the main actual focus event and a past era that shaped the world (in a way or another).