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Photographing Mongolia: Respecting Its Wildlife

In harsh environments, relationships between humans and wildlife are very different compared to those found within cities. Follow Joseph Mak as he documents the special bond between the Mongols and their animals.

EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, 16mm, ISO2000, 1/1000sec, f/11

Across land and sky, the relationship between man and animal extends beyond mere sustenance. There is something deeper and hard to quantify. Imagine a connection that speaks of mutual respect, where one cannot exist without the other.  

EOS 5D Mark IV, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, 17mm, ISO100, 1/500sec, f/5.6

It’s an existence that is deep-rooted in Mongolian traditions, a legacy that is a part of the very fabric of their being. These nomads, survivors of the harshest endurance tests that nature can throw at them, know that they cannot do so without their animals.  

EOS 5D Mark IV, EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens, 560mm, ISO320, 1/1000sec, f/6.3

Here, there is a balance of harmony between man and beast that doesn’t exist anywhere else in this world. Now, it’s your turn to experience what it means to call the wild home, and its inhabitants your family. 

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Joseph Mak

Joseph Mak

Photography is not just about having the best equipment or the latest gadget. It’s about seeing things around us. Everyone has a different perspective of things, and each views the same subject matter differently. It is always very interesting to see the different perspectives recorded in photographs, and I will always try to understand what story each photographer is trying to tell from their photographs. My style of photography is to keep it simple and clean. The key element in the photo is to be able to tell a story of the scene. Photography is an art of visual storytelling, rather than snapping a photo by itself.

Every photographer ought to be respected for the work they produce, because each photograph taken by them reflects his own unique personality.