a wandering life

A Wandering Life is a project that explores the essence of nomadic and tribal life. It is a study of people who move from place to place and understand the spirit of the land.

The Wandering Life collection portrays images of human life. They show us tranquillity that exists between humans and the land. Depicting many diverse cultures, the compelling photographs convey feelings experienced by people around the globe, celebrating and revealing the heart of humanity.

This website will showcase photo-based artwork portraying the proud spirit of the people.

The Mongols                   The Afar

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Collection One, NOMADIC HERDERS OF MONGOLIA

This documentary is a study about Mongolia’s one million nomadic herders and their struggle to survive.

The nomadic herders of Mongolia live in large white felt tents, known as a Ger. The door of the Ger always faces south in line with Buddhist beliefs. The back of the Ger is called the khoimor and on the back wall is a family altar, decorated with Buddhist images and family photos.
Despite pressure to settle, the country is rich in cultural tradition and horseracing and wrestling events are still very popular.

Nomadic people live in their traditional ‘Ger’ homes, and food, language and religious beliefs remain largely in tact. My portrait study documents and celebrates the noble and proud spirit of Mongolia’s nomadic herders. With so many third-world countries foregoing their culture and adopting western ways, these images celebrate the noble and proud spirit of Mongolia’s nomadic herders whose culture remains largely intact.

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Collection Two, THE AFAR PEOPLE OF ETHIOPIA

 

The Afar people live primarily in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia.
Their land is mainly rocky and desert terrain approximately 3 million people make up the Afar culture living in waste land of crumbling rock and broken lava flows.


The Afar people are largely nomads and most are herdsmen, tending goats and camels. Some Afar in more favoured areas, tend cattle. Those with goats and camels migrate long distances in search of scanty herbage; the cattle owners remain for the most part in specific grazing areas.
Light and portable, the Afar huts called aris, can be built and dismantled quickly. Afar huts, provide shade from the sun, and storage for their owners’ scanty possessions, are hemispherical in shape and made of palm ribs covered with matting. Light enough to be transported on camel-back; they are erected in semi-permanent locations in the course of seasonal migrations, usually near wells.


The Afar women are independent-minded people, and one who lay great stress on a man’s toughness, strength and bravery. Weaklings do not survive in the Danakil Desert. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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