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Wakhan, Badakhshan, Afghanistan

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Aging the present.  Arslanbek smiled with a certain bemusement to the antiquated look he offered to my camera. Father of four kids, he asked me to portray his family as a record of a time he wished to see gone soon. He hopes that a road and consequent infrastructure would provide his remote place the necessary resources that would lift him and family from what continues to age them today.  The exaggerated tones of the picture remember the past in which he felt stuck. #afghanistan #remoteness #ancient #portrait #portraitphotography #pamir #old #present #record #resist #father
The Game of Kings. This was taken in the town of Sarhad in the Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan (the 'pan handle' that sticks out in the top right hand corner towards China). The village horsemen are engaged in the game of Bukashi - a combination of rugby and polo played with a goat's carcass - which tests riding skill, strength, and tenacity. A thrilling sight to photograph but made all the more atmospheric with this amazing backdrop. #pixelrights #pixelrightstakeover #instagramtakeover #schmooly #ifitmovesshootit #bukashi #wakhancorridor #afghanistan #mountains
High mountains did not shield Afghan Kyrgyz from television network. Quite to the contrary, they enjoy an excellent connection and stay tuned to latest news. I was perhaps the only one feeling amused when we stared at the World Nomad Games. In popular imaginary, Afghan Kyrgyz often personify unspoilt nomads from modernity. Popular representations often make small case of the banality of more worldly compulsions to prefer exotic illustrations. #network #television #banality #afghanistan #yurt #pamir #imaginary #documentary #representations #dreams #life #everyday #lensculture #featurshoot #exotic #modern #heritage #transmission #worldnomads #centralasia
Looking forward to returning to the Wakhan Corridor this Summer https://spark.adobe.com/page/0IaeABviNyyao/
Afghan Kyrgyz are usually seen through the prism of an endangered traditional society. Images of yurts in a seemingly empty environment, of people dressed in costumes of supposedly another time and stories of their difficulties to cope with mounting constraints abound. But small and different details complexify and fragment these images. In turn, how do they look at this? #afghanistan #portraitphotography #portrait #mosaique #shades #sunglasses #pamir #sunny #everydayafghanistan #lensculture
The right hand. No sugar but a bit of salt, simply pour your fried bread (borsook) in tea. Hands are marked by the sun and works but also mark trust or friendship in tending to the same meal, embracing another hand, etc. It would be impure or disrespectful to reach with the left. Works and preferences are realized with a touch of arbitrariness. #afghanistan #centralasia #hand #tea #habits #design #detailing #distinction #friendship #commensality #collaboration
Staring at alterity . One evening among so many where you do not know no more who outfaces the other. Against the rather sober and usually faded tones, another trend endures of flashy and vivid colors. Red is a color of choice for hairs and nails, to protect against the forces that attentive precaution does not prevent. #afghanistan #centralasia #portraitphotography #featureshoot #design #trends #lenscultureportrait #remoteness #staring #peer
To sum up the mess and his ironical stance towards his sponsor's  failed promises, a teacher climbed up the school's wall for his portait. This summer, his payment came late and delayed his departure to the upland Pamir. We burned the wooden chairs to cook and heat. Teachers disposed of dung but discarded it, used as they are to burn coal in the lowlands. They underlined also the uselessness of so many chairs since only a quarter of the expected pupils attend their lessons. #afghanistan #centralasia #documentary #schools #development #pamir #lensculture #portrait #featureshoot #resist
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This popped up on my Facebook feed from 2 years ago. Afghan-Kyrgyz kid on the #afghanistan side of the border with #tajikistan leading his camels to the bazar 🐪 Afghans in the Wakhan Corridor have such lives and their life expectancy is so low due to their isolation and almost total lack of medical facilities 😞 #wakhancorridor
Teachers move upland in summer for three months and teach in the local school. The curriculum consists basically of Dari, Geography, Maths and History. Only boys attended, contrary to the NGO's promises to educate girls. Several organisations and the Afghan state sponsor the institutions that mene old and successful pupils to highschools in the district capital. #afghanistan #pamir #centralasia #school #development #boys #learning #everydayafghanistan #portraitphotography
No need for a 4WD. Road travel Afghan-style.  Travelling along the flooded river valley of the Wakhan Corridor.  2015 @secret.compass expedition with @auld_stock @mark_bridge82 @slgee426  #afghanistan #travelpics #adventure #travel #wanderlust #offthebeatenpath #wakhancorridor #afghanstyle #middleofnowhere #travelphotography #adventurepics #igtravel #instapassport #postcardsfromtheworld #traveldeeper #traveltheworld #arountheworld #travelswesome #beautifuldestinations #roamtheplanet #afganistanyouneversee
Energy Security.  This basket covered the needs of our camp for a week, without consequent vehicles, the harvest is brought by foot, sometimes for a few kilometers. Irksome work, Shrub harvesting belongs to herders. #afghanistan #work #resist #energy #centralasia #fields #documentary #life #sky #pamir
Close Borders.  Evening walk next to a post of the Afghan army. Tajik mountains ahead hide Marx Peak, Pakistan lies a dozen kilometers behind. The remote stands just across the river or on the other side of the mountains. #border #afghanistan #tajikistan #centralasia #everyday #remoteness #fields

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