I’ve written about Timothy Allen’s work before on a few occasions. He’s one of my favorite travel photographers and renowned for his profoundly evocative images. In 2013, he was honored with the Travel Photographer of the Year Award.
In July, I am excited to say that I will be traveling with Tim to western Mongolia to explore that remote region of the world and meet the incredible people who live there—among them, the eagle hunters. And before you freak out, they don’t hunt eagles, they hunt with eagles. I don’t know much about the art but I am looking forward to learning more in Mongolia.
Above is one of Tim’s beautiful images. One that I wish I had taken on so many levels. It’s cinematic, majestic and filled with drama and romance. It reminds me of a closing scene from an epic where the main character after many battles and tribulations, looks over his domain as the film’s soundtrack swells just before the closing credits roll.
I love that Timothy use a wide-angle lens but chose to capture it close enough to the horse to show the expanse of the landscape and yet maintain a sense of intimacy with his subject.
I know the shot is staged, which I typically frown upon, but in certain circumstances to tell a meaningful story about a culture like this through photography, staging is a necessary tool. The world is too vast there for Tim to just “happen” upon an eagle hunter in the middle of his hunt. UPDATE: Well, I’m wrong. The shot wasn’t staged. Tim weighed in on Facebook and said that “Interestingly… not actually one of my set up photos.. this one was shot during a hunt.” So, I stand corrected. 🙂
What do you think of the photo? Let me know in the comments.
Categories: Photos I Wish I Had Taken