Photographer's Note

This is the place where the ancient Tadjik ethnic minority have lived for generations. Taxkorgan is perched at the highest part of the Pamirs amongst several several dozen snow-capped mountains, 5000 to 6000 meters above sea level. The climate in the serene vast valley at 3200m elevation is relatively cool fresh even at the height of summer with abundant of pasture land and water resources surrounded by picturesque snowy peaks, blue sky and floating clouds which are stunningly enchanting in perfect harmony.

One of my of favourite subjects here is to observe and capture people going about their daily lives and activities, which is a great challange and often I find these pictures extremely captivating how they interact with their environments. They are everywhere to provide a colourful visual aspect to the surroundings and for me they are a true gift, which allows a story to be formed. It is also a subject matter widely available, we simply have to train our eyes to see the images within the given environment, it is a fascinating feature but also because it is such an entertaining experience for both the photographer and the viewer alike.

This late afternoon picture depicts two Tadjik women taking a 7-10km 'short cut' of long walk across the vast valley of wet meadow from the town centre to their villages in the far end. The small areas of vivid reds attracted my attention and the compressed perspective of my long lens was used to emphasize the effect as they were dwarfed by the gigantic background.

In WS: Group of other Tadjik villagers doing the same routine along with their cow and donkey.

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