Mongolian nomads seeing their photos for the first time

This is really a lovely video — the reactions of the nomads seeing their photo for the first time is something very innocent and pure.

The photos were taken by teenagers Vanessa Hollander and Wilson Philippe who went to Monglia.

“each person photographed really prized and protected his or her polaroid (fearing that we wanted to keep it), and barely let us see it when it was developed! the children automatically stored it away once we showed them what was the very first printed picture of themselves. it was a really great and humbling experience and showed us how much just one photograph can mean to people who have never had one of themselves. although many people claim they want to escape this mess of technology in more delevoped countries, we often tend to take the beauty of some technology, such as photography, for granted.”

mongolia! from wiissa on Vimeo.

I never take photos and photography for granted.

I’ve said before how lucky I feel to even have the money and the luxury to own digital cameras (Canon G12 and Canon S95 compact), let alone be exposed to such advanced technology as compared to the days of my parents and grandparents.

Even as recently as my generation, people couldn’t afford photographs of themselves. BF barely has any of him as a kid and it’s a darn shame, whereas my parents invested a lot of time and money in taking photos of us at every step of the way.

It’s why I take so many photos. I want my future kids to see what it was like for me when I was a kid and what my life was like before having them, as well as for their grandparents and so on.

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