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Arrivals and Departures | Photographer: Jacob Aue Sobol

Arrivals and Departures | Photographer: Jacob Aue Sobol | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

"It was a trip I had always wanted to take; The legendary journey along the Trans Siberian Railway.

Denmark, my native country, you can cross in five hours by train, but in Russia the distances are huge.

I was curious if the connection between people and places would feel different considering the fact that I would pass every tree, every house and every village on my way to Beijing.

The first chock came already when I entered the train. It was completely empty.

 

The whole idea of the project had been to meet people on the train and make intimate stories from the train compartments. But riding this ghost-train, I had to change the concept:

The intimate work had to come from my encounters with people in the cities and the train became the read thread connecting Moscow, Ulaanbaartar and Beijing.

On the train I ended up with my camera glued to the window photographing the change of landscape as we were let along the russian forests, the mongolian desert and through the mountains to Beijing.

 

But it was not only Russia, Mongolia and China that was unknown land to me - so was my equipment. It was my first time using a digital camera. Everything was new, but then again, my ambition is always the same; to use the camera as a tool to create contact, closeness and intimacy. I want to meet people, to connect with the cities, to make the places mine, even if it’s just for a short while.

I had the greatest experience in Mongolia, when I ran into a group of Mongolian hunters who invited me to join them on a trip through the mountains that surround Ulaanbaatar.

This reminded me of my life in Greenland. When I  was 23 I lived in a small settlement of the East Coast of Greenland, where I was trained as a hunter. The relation you create to nature as a hunter has had a big influence on my life and my work.

Meeting the Mongolian hunter, I immediately felt like putting the camera on a shelf and picking up the riffle. When he shot and slaughtered a deer, we drank the warm blood and ate the raw liver together." - Jacob Aue Sobol

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Rickshaw Wallahs | The Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy

Rickshaw Wallahs | The Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

" The government of Bengal had announced plans to completely ban the rickshaws, saying that the grueling work violates the pullers human rights, the argument was rejected by the rickshaw pullers with huge protests. Almost all of the pullers I spoke to were from the state of Bihar, one of India's poorest states. The rickshaws carry business people, live poultry, school children, the sick to the hospitals, fruit to the markets, and even prostitutes." - Tewfic El-Sawy

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The Masai Typology | Travel photographer: Nicolas Lotsos

The Masai Typology | Travel photographer: Nicolas Lotsos | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it
The Masai Typology is one of the many gorgeous photo galleries of Africa by photographer Nicolas Lotsos. I'm not much of an African wildlife aficionado, but his fine art galleries of photographs of the handsome Masai, of Zanzibar, or of the African slums and townships are lovely exemplars of monochromatic imagery. Nicolas Lotsos is  a fine art photographer (and in my view, a travel photographer as well) and a basketball agent. He co-runs a sports agency representing some of the top sports figures in Europe. He has been a photographer since he was 16 years old, and specializes in photographs of wild life and nature.

 

He also won an impressive number of awards, to include Gold Winner at the 2012 Grand Prix de la Photographie, Outstanding Achievement at the Spider Award 2012, the 2012 Veolia Wildlife Photographer Award, including two awards by the Travel Photographer Of The Year (TPOTY), amongst others.

A Nilotic group in East Africa, next to the Indian Ocean, the Masai society is patriarchal, and elder men decide most major matters for each group. A full body of oral law covers many aspects of behaviour. The Masai are monotheistic, worshipping a single deity.

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Le village d’Abhaneri | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter

Le village d’Abhaneri | Serge Bouvet, photographe reporter | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

Abhaneri the village is close to the city of Jaipur. It is a visual treasure. I pressed the green countryside and I discovered a village sparsely populated, without tourists without cars but very rich in architectural history. This village was for me, a true cultural recreation, a haven of peace where I stayed for a whole day.

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FRENCH: Le village Abhaneri, près du fort d'Amber, se situe à 20 minutes de voitures de la ville de Jaipur. C'est un véritable trésor visuel. Je voulais fuir le Fort d'Amber qui était bondé de touristes américains et français qui montaient sur les éléphants pour 400 roupies. Je me suis enfoncé dans la campagne verdoyante, et, surprise des surprises, je suis tombé sur un village peu peuplé, sans touristes, sans voitures mais très riche en histoire architecturale. Ce village a été pour moi, une véritable récréation culturelle, un havre de paix où je suis resté une journée entière.

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Golden Eagle Nomads | Photographer: John Delaney

Golden Eagle Nomads | Photographer: John Delaney | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it


"Nobody knows exactly when the Kazakhs tamed the Golden Eagle of Central Asia. 
Herodotus refers to nomadic eagle hunters in 5th Century B.C. Marco Polo wrote about the Kazakhs in his epic “Travels” account. The name “Kazakh” dates as far back as the 13th century, meaning “independent”, “free” and “nomadic”. These terms perfectly define this legendary people, so famous for their pride and skills on the battlefield. Genghis Khan is said to have had over 5000 "eagle riders" in his personal guard. We do know that since the 15th Century, nomadic Kazakh tribes on horseback, with eagles alert at their sides, have roamed freely across the borders of what is today Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Western Mongolia. 

Now at the dawn of the 21st Century, the nomadic way of life is fragile and in danger of being eradicated. History has long threatened these legendary horsemen. The Bolshevik Revolution, Stalin's purges and China's cultural revolution drove the roaming Kazakhs to the mountains and valleys of Mongolia, where they have found refuge and the freedom to live as they have for centuries. But even now in this remote area globalization and the encroachment of the West may irreversibly change the eagle riders' way of life."


-John Delaney

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Burma | Monica Denevan Photography

Burma | Monica Denevan Photography | BLACK AND WHITE | Scoop.it

I'm glad to have found Monica Denevan's website with its gorgeous photographs of Burma. You will find that her some 120 photographs are indeed luminous and gorgeous.

Monica travels with her medium format Bronica, one lens, and a bunch of plastic bags filled with Ilford Delta 400 film. Her photographs are printed from negatives in her traditional darkroom and selenium toned.

Monica Denevan was Born in San Francisco. She Monica studied photography at San Francisco State University. She started visiting parts of Burma and China for many years, and always had her Bronica along. Her work was published in ZYZZYVA, Communication Arts Photo Annual, SHOTS, Black and White Magazine, The Photo Review, The Sun, and Artvas-The Photo (Korea) among others. 


She is represented by Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica, Capital Culture Gallery in London, and Tao Evolution Gallery in Hong Kong which produced a small catalogue of her work. Monica’s photographs are in the permanent collection of UCSF Medical Center.

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