In Northern Mongolia, there exists a strong alliance between people and reindeer and that’s why they are called the Reindeer People. Photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami is a scholar in Mongolian and Tibetan languages, with a Phd from Harvard. He lived in and explored the outer Mongolian regions for years and documented it in several fascinating photography series.
Here is a peek into the unique and disappearing lives of the Reindeer People in Mongolia.
A Syrian refugee kisses the 10-day-old baby she carried with her to safety across the border into Jordan
Four lifestyles are united for this brief moment by a game of Chess, Boston
“On the Tundra” by Simon Morris — People, Open
A Young Nenets boy plays in -40 degrees on Yamal in the Winter in Siberia.
“Old Shepherd” by Saeed Barikani — People, Open
An old Shepherd that had been surprised by snow storm in Gilan’s countrysides in the north of Iran.
Elena Shumilova lives on a farm in Russia and has two boys, a dog, cat, duckling and some rabbits. On the day she took these photos she felt particularly inspired and decided to take advantage of what she felt was the perfect moment to take some magical photos.
“I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is”, she explained.
And she certainly managed to do that. These photos evoke emotions that are hard to explain, but we think it is largely to do with the beautiful scenery, rich colors and overall enchanted feeling of her surroundings. Combined with her clear talent as a photographer, it’s no suprise that these photos have racked up millions of hits around the web.
Tibetan Plateau, China
Mihaela Noroc is a photographer from Romania. She quit her job and left everything behind to travel around the globe and photograph the uniqueness of natural feminine beauty in different environments and cultures. She calls her project “The Atlas Of Beauty.”
Her drive stems from an observation of society’s standards and expectations of beauty and how these standards put women in boxes — boxes in which no woman has agreed to.
“Global trends make us look and behave the same, but we are all beautiful because we are different. In the end, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the beholder is always somebody else. My goal is to continue and take photos of women from each country of the globe, making ‘The Atlas Of Beauty’ a mirror of our diverse societies and an inspiration for people that try to remain authentic.”
You can find more of Noroc’s work on Facebook.
English photographer Julian Germain traveled round the world, visiting countries from Yemen to Brazil to take every-day classroom pictures without telling the children to pose or adopt any certain mood. These pictures may not look as impressive one by one, but when you go through the whole album, the cultural and social differences strikingly reveal on children and their environment.
England, Erith, Year 10, English
Qatar, Grade 10, Religion
We would like to introduce you to Frederika, the 91-year old grandmother of Sacha Goldberger. When he noticed that his grandmother was feeling lonely and depressed, he suggested that they dress her up in a superhero costume for a photo shoot, just to have some fun.
Every year the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers holds contests in lots of different categories to find the best wedding and engagement photos from around the world. Below are some of the first-place winners from 2014:
1st Place in All About Light, Winter 2013, Taipei, Taiwan
Photo credits: Chris Huang
1st Place in Pure Art, Fall 2014, New York City, New York
Photo credits: Emin Kuliyev