What are the consequences of living in the modern world? For all its innovation, rapid change often comes at the cost of old-world customs, rituals and social relationships. This is especially true in Asia, where a search for new opportunities in urban areas has led to a mass exodus of the middle generation in rural communities. Those left behind are balancing a growing tension between the cultural diversity of the past and the homogenized present.
Villages are populated by those on opposite ends of the generational divide — grandparents and children. Many of the middle generation have gone to large cities for employment. The net result often creates a situation where those desperately looking to preserve tradition are caring for those most-willing to embrace change.
These photographs are an attempt to showcase village life in all its forms. The images are not meant as commentary but rather capture moments in a rapidly changing world. From a western perspective it may look like time stands still in these pictures, and it some ways it does, but below the surface there exists a struggle between old and new, tradition and modernity that ultimately must come into balance as villagers hold onto their old world culture while embracing the comforts of a modern world.