close-sidemenu

Yann Lenzen and the meaning of having a nomadic life in Mongolia

16

Traveller and aspiring documentary photographer, I’ve always had itchy feet. After studying English and German literatures and cultures both at home in France and abroad in Germany and in Scotland, I taught French at a high school in England for a year.

I also travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle-East and Asia, with an inclination for alternative ways of traveling, such as hitchhiking, Couchsurfing and volunteering. From a real thirst for adventure, but first and foremost because those lead to more interactions with locals and thus a deeper understanding of the places I explore.

The passion for photography came naturally, as a way to remain creative while on the road and to become more engaged with the people and places I encounter. The human element is given centre stage in most of my work and I focus on portrait, street or documentary projects. All in all, I see photography as a great excuse to travel, a fantastic observation tool and an excellent medium to tell the stories of our world.

About ‘Nomads‘:

The nomadic lifestyle in Mongolia is falling into gradual decline. In June 2018, I had the chance to share the everyday life of a Mongolian family in the province of Bulgan, 300 kilometers west of the capital Ulan-Bator. Beyond the splendid landscapes of the steppe, picturesque scenes of herders shearing the sheep or children playing outside the yurts, the family of Lamzav and Oyunaa epitomizes the various transformations that the nomadic lifestyle is undergoing. The parents tend to prefer semi-nomadism to a strict nomadic life, comforts of the capital city are increasingly attracting the younger generations… My research finally led me to the suburbs of Ulan-Bator where hundreds of thousands of nomads have settled down in yurt districts because of climate change and its repercussions on the livestock. What future for the nomads of Mongolia?

10

3

2

1

9

8

7

15

14

13

12

11

64

Time to read
2 min
Words by
Staff
Published on
5 March 2019
Filed under
Tags

, , , , , , , , , , ,

Share
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Email
Find out more on Yann Lenzen's website
close
Online|Paper
About
The aim of a shop is to collect cool stuff.
Ours is to gather the coolest.