This is what I want for Christmas – Before They Pass Away, a travel photography book by Jimmy Nelson who went around the world looking for remote indigenous tribes – in Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Russia, Tibet, to name a few – whose ways of life may one day disappear into our urban continuum. His photographs are awe-inspiring – the composition, the light, the detail, the portraiture, and the lengths it took to get them. These are the photographs I want to take. In a world of the ubiquitous smartphone, he shows us that you have to be present and be engaged – that in these instances, you cannot simply hold up your phone and click.
The book costs £100+. It isn’t cheap, but this is an effort worth paying for.
Go onto his site. Listen to his TED talk. Marvel at the photographs. You’ll be enchanted.
~ Spotted Cow