Western Mongolians live in an otherworldly landscape that is almost wholly disconnected from the globalized world. Here, an outsider looking to get back in touch with his surroundings shares his experience with this unique way of living.

“The Outsider” is a photographic record of my personal journey through Mongolia in 2014 and 2015. A need for spaciousness, providence and traditional living led me to pick out a dot on a map and travel to that location without a concrete plan.

It can be a transformative experience to refrain from filling up the space with what we know and want and instead embrace what is actually around us. These photographs are simply an extension of relationships formed from this place. Rather than receiving news from the outside world, it seems that a fresh internal experience of life is what truly connects us. No matter the distance, a leap outside the comfort of what we know can bridge the gap between people.”

– John Feely

Photographs and text © John Feely, Winner, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016.

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