Living in the modern world, we all got so accustomed to working WIFI, Instagram, running water and fridges we can barely imagine what it would feel like to live a day in a life of, say, Tsaatan people. They move 5 to 10 times per year, building huts when the temperature is -40 and herd reindeer for transportation, clothing and food.
That's why British photographer Jimmy Nelson decided to travel the world for three years, visiting 35 tribes in all five continents, documenting their lives and customs before they completely disappear for his latest book “Before They Pass Away”.
Spending 2 weeks in each tribe, Jimmy became acquainted with their time-honored traditions, joined their rituals and captured it all in a very appealing way. His detailed photographs showcase unique jewelry, hairstyles and clothing, not to forget the surroundings and cultural elements most important to each tribe, like horses for Gauchos. According to Nelson, his mission was to assure that the world never forgets how things used to be: “Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.”
These tribes serve as a reminder that we live in a very colorful world, one with rich histories, differences, unique identities and stories. A world which needs respect, conservation and preservation.
Be amazed at the environments, cultural diversity, and colors of these tribes from around the globe.