Set background to socham with eagle looking at camera
This image of a traditional Kazakh eagle hunter with his eagle was taken in the Altai mountains in Western Mongolia. The Baby Eagles or Balapans are 2 years old when they are captured, they are raised and looked after by the Eagle hunter. Eagle hunting is more prominent in the winter months and used to hunt smaller animals, like foxes and marmots.
Socham – eagle on arm
The western part of Mongolia hosts many Eagle hunters. Shohan can be seen here, mounted on his horse with his trained Eagle resting on his arm.
The western part of Mongolia hosts many Eagle hunters, one of which is Silau (below). Silau is an eagle hunter that we met at the wedding, and he asked if we would like to join him and his sons on a hike to check and collect the Balapan. A Balapan is a 2 year old baby Eagle which nests within the mountains. Silau had already identified this Balapan as a new bird to train for future years.
Image eagle hunter on horse
The goal of a match is to get your opponent to touch his upper body, knee or elbow on the ground.
I have been taking photographs for over 20 years with a view of just to document my life and it’s surroundings. I came from the film days and moved into digital photography about 10 years ago. I bought my first Leica camera 2 years ago (the M240) and recently had the opportunity to go back to classic photography by buying a Leica M/A and started to use Film as part of my work once again.
I also love to print, whilst I enjoy printing with Inkjet, I’m very passionate about alternative printing, and have been making Platinum prints using Digital Negatives for a while now. This process was founded in the 18C and apart from making a digital negative and printing it on acetate, the wet processing side of it hasn’t changed. but this is a life project, one that I’ll continue when I get time to devote to it.