Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Western Mongolia, pt. 1

Mongolia. Where do I even start? My month spent in the land of Genghis Khan was unreal — horse trekking, milk drinking, meat eating and lots and lots of photo taking. The landscapes were unbelievable and the people were as hospitable as described in each travel book I read. I traveled to Mongolia with Rustic Pathways, the same group that sent me to Costa Rica last summer. Like last year, I was hired to help the company with images for marketing, as well as assist high school students as they traveled. This year I was also invited to lead an Advanced Photography Workshop with high school photographers. For this two-week workshop, we traveled to Western Mongolia to the Khovd Province, which is where most of the country's Kazakhs live.

During our stay, we're were lucky enough to catch a Naadam celebration taking place in the village where we were living. A Naadam is a festival of sport. It celebrates the country's long-time love of wrestling, horse racing and archery. Here are a few images from my time in Khovd Province.

Naadam Horse Race. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Naadam Celebration. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
A Dinner for Honored Guests. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography

Making Fleece. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Village Life. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Family Photos. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography.
Naadam Horse Race. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Village Life. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Naadam Horse Race. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography
Naadam. 2012. Khovd Province, Mongolia. ©Jill Richards Photography


1 comment:

  1. Richard, these are lovely pictures. You have captured Mongolia in a very candid way, brings out its natural beauty. What is your next destination?

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