In the inner wild parts of Mongolia, a group of Nomads live peacefully keeping the ancient tradition of hunting eagles. This tradition comes from long ago and it was handed over from father to son. The falconry involves training the eagles to help hunt wild animals such as hares and foxes. Leo Thomas, a German photographer visited the Altai region of Mongolia recently to take portraits of this wonderful culture.
According to the investigations only about 300 eagle keepers survive today. And also the majority among them is males. Thomas met Zamanbol, 1 of the 10 remaining eagle huntresses in Mongolia, on his way to Altai. She was from Kazakh nomad family and she attends school in the city on weekdays. But Zamanbol trains with her trusted eagle along with her brother Barzabai during weekends. The handmade fur clothing of Zamanbol in the pics show the unbreakable relationship between the eagle and the girl.
“While he’s living in the outdoors surrounded by family, incredible nature and animals, I’m sitting more than 60% of my time in front of a screen, Thomas says of the 26 year old Barzabai. “A pretty basic comparison, but it made me think.” These portraits by Thomas show the traditional beauty apart from the westernised culture and world.
Scroll down to see some of Thomas’s clicks from Mongolia. If you’re further interested find more of the photos of Leo Thomas in Instagram.