Kazakh eagle hunter

Kazakh eagle hunter

They are proud and majestic people. It has been a great privilege to photograph them. Eagle is wearing a cap on it's head to keep him calm and free from all distraction. It is removed just before releasing him to fly and catch the prey.

Olgii, Western Mongolia

Janbolat

Janbolat

Portrait of my friend Janbolat who accompanied me on my Khuiten Peak climb. 

Altai mountains, Western Mongolia

Rongbu Sherpa

Rongbu Sherpa

Little Rongbu Sherpa liked my camera. He was curious and I lended it to him for a while. When I finally got it back he was still reaching for it and that moment I pressed the shutter.

Hindu nepali man

Hindu nepali man

There are always few of these old men in Kathmandu's Durbar Square. Most of them are genuine but there are some who do dress up for tourists and hunt for them to earn cheap dollar. This man was sitting on the stairs early morning. I knew looking into his eyes this is not a stunt for tourist. His eyes show real hardship he went through throughout his life.

Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Shy javanese girl

Shy javanese girl

I got of beaten track in Central Java visiting one of the more remote villages in Borobudur area. All villagers were very nice and warm. Coming across this young little lady made me pull out the camera. I asked her mom for permit ion to take photograph and she and also the girl agreed. She was rather shy and probably I was first foreigner she saw in her life but looking at her picture on the back of the camera she turned into a little happy girl.

Borobudur area, Central Java, Indonesia

H'mong girl with baby

H'mong girl with baby

It is common in Asian countries that older children take care of their younger siblings. This little maybe 10 year old girl was carrying one baby on her back. It was cold and rainy day in Sapa and baby was tightly wrapped in warm colourful blanket.

Sapa, Northern Vietnam

Man or woman

Man or woman

Very familiar face from Damnoen Saduak floating market just outside Bangkok. This was taken with long lens and I cannot determine if subject is male or female. In any way an interesting face that enriches the the floating market experience.

Damnoen Saduak, Thailand

 

Old H'mong man

Old H'mong man

I met this resilient looking old man in Sapa. He was carrying bunch of bamboo stick. He was so friendly that he walked up to me as I was taking his picture. He has got interesting face with lots of deep wrinkles as if each would describe a story in his life. 

Sapa Valley, Northern Vietnam

Little sherpa girl

Little sherpa girl

On our way towards Everest Base Camp we stayed over night at village of Dingboche. We had out usual meals and the we talked in the common area while owner made fire to warm the room up. The little girl was always at our feet ,wherever we went. From the moment I took first picture of her she turned "camera crazy". She was following me with cute "poto, poto....". That day I took lots of pictures and this is one of them.

Dingboche, Everest area, Nepal

Laotian girl

Laotian girl

It is quite common in south-East Asian countries to encounter children trying to sell small souvenirs to tourists to make some money. I bumped several times into this lovely girl in Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Laotian girl with baby

Laotian girl with baby

This happens often in tribal villages. While parent are working on the rice fields or with cattle, older siblings take over the parental role over younglings. This eleven year old girl minding her younger brother in H'mong tibal area in Laos.

Luang Prabang province, Laos

 

Red teeth

Red teeth

Even if well known tourist places like Bagan it pays of to visit smaller maybe not so popular temples. This very kind uncle monk I met in one of those was always smiling and exposing his teeth that were in really bad shape and red from chewing betel. 

Bagan, Myanmar