It was a beautiful, centuries-old tradition that first drew photographer Asher Svidensky to the western end of Mongolia. He was fascinated by the story of the Kazakh eagle hunters, who have lived in harmony with nature for hundreds of years, taming eagles to hunt small prey. From father to son, they have preserved and passed down the tradition with "no touristic nature," but with a sense of true appreciation, as he writes on his website. And so, for his latest photo project, he set off to capture the men who proudly pass it on.
Standing atop the Mongolian mountains, Svidensky peered through his camera lens, framed his shots and snapped away. Only there was something about these photos — beautiful as they were — that left him feeling as though he was telling the wrong story.
Photo via Asher Svidensky