Ends of the Road
No matter where you travel in the world, there will always be a tourist attraction. It’s often bright, beautiful and right in the middle of the road. It’s the thing that makes it easy for an outsider to think, “Yes, I know what it’s like here.”
As a photographer, I’ve always been drawn to the ends of the road, to the outer limits of where one might be allowed to travel. Whether it’s due to geographical divisions, cultural barriers or simply a fear of the unknown, genuine understanding of others tends to begin off the beaten path.
Photographed over the last decade, “Consequences,” “I am Yi,” and “Soul of the Bürkitshi” aim to celebrate the beauty and resiliency of communities at the ends of the road. In showcasing cultural diversity and the aesthetics of disappearance, viewers are given the opportunity to broaden their thinking and be transported to a world beyond their own.
When you venture all the way down the road — not just halfway — you witness the histories and traditions that are quickly fading away, just out of sight.
What do you do when the modern world leaves you behind? In Asia, villages are populated by those on opposite ends of the generational divide — grandparents and children.
Meaning, those desperately looking to preserve tradition are caring for those most-willing to embrace change. Now, those left behind must balance the tension between past and present, tradition and tourism, industry and the environment.
Tucked away in the remote mountains of China, the Yi are fighting to preserve their culture in the midst of a fragile landscape.
To travel through the Sichuan province is to experience an emotional roller coaster, ranging from wonder to rejection, from resentment to intrusion, sometimes all at once.
The Yi remind us that our own struggles are but a heartbeat away. If we’re not aware it won’t be long until we ask, “Are we the Yi in our own world?”
In Mongolia, young women are overcoming centuries of male-dominated tradition to master the ancient and noble art of hunting with eagles.
While cultural and environmental factors threaten the livelihood of the sport, the Kazakhs are fighting to keep their culture alive.
Riding horseback through the frigid terrain, these brave huntresses are out to prove they’re just as capable as the hunters that preceded them.