Jimmy Nelson’s 46 pictures of the world’s remotest tribes before they pass away: it’s all about pureness and authenticity

In de romantiek ontstond voor het eerst belangstelling en waardering voor de ‘edele wilde’ en zijn pure natuur. Fotograaf Jimmy Nelson benadrukt en bewondert de authenticiteit van de stammen die hij in beeld brengt. In tegenstelling tot ons, moderne mensen, voeren zij een natuurlijk bestaan dat niet gecorrumpeerd is door wat wij ‘vooruitgang’ noemen. Een ontmoeting met deze ‘indigenous people’ is voor hem een sublieme, spirituele ervaring, een ‘touch point’. Nelson’s queeste is, ook anno 2014, doortrokken van romantische idealen.
‘Living in a concrete box with hot water pouring from the tap, a refrigerator cooling our food and wi-fi connecting us to the rest of the world, we can barely imagine a day in a life of, say, Tsaatan people. They move 5 to 10 times per year, building huts when the temperature is -40 and herding reindeer for transportation, clothing and food. “Before They Pass Away,” a long-term project by photographer Jimmy Nelson, gives us the unique opportunity to discover more than 30 secluded and slowly vanishing tribes from all over the world.
Spending 2 weeks in each tribe, Jimmy became acquainted with their time-honoured traditions, joined their rituals and captured it all in a very appealing way. His detailed photographs showcase unique jewellery, hairstyles and clothing, not to forget the surroundings and cultural elements most important to each tribe, like horses for Gauchos. According to Nelson, his mission was to assure that the world never forgets how things used to be: “Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.”All of his snapshots now lie in a massive book and will be extended by a film. So embark on a journey to the most remote corners and meet the witnesses of a disappearing world. Would you give up your smartphone, internet and TV to live free like them?’
Bron: www.beforethey.com

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