KIRGHIZSTAN, by Celine Meunier

Last September, I embarked with a friend, his tent and my camera into the footsteps of the last nomads in Kirghizistan.

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“As we wandered on horseback in the mountains we witnessed a millennial way of life they kept alive in an unforgiving and truly unique environment. Mostly the Kirghiz nomads live off their cattle of horses, sheep and yaks, they build their own yurts, and all of the food they eat is prepared by them. They welcomed us into their homes, we ate at their table and slept next to them. They taught us about how they led their life, why they chose to keep making the same gestures their parents and ancestors had before them, instead of going to live permanently in the city. ” 

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“As we still had a few days before us the hitchhiked around the lake that paves the Kirghiz part of the Silk Road towards other mountain tops and places more akin to US landscapes. There we made few encounters, notably with a to-be-married couple looking to engrave the memory of their engagement in a unique scenery. “

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I’m 27 yo and started with photography in 2011. At this time, i moved to Turkey and my grandmother gave me a Nikon FM2 as a farewell present. It followed me then as i  lived in Lebanon and i haven’t stopped learning and taking pictures since, nor traveling. I hope for this journey to take me of many more unpaved roads in the future.

Celine Meunier

See more of Celine’s work here: INSTAGRAM – TUMBLR