The Eagle and the Hunter. 2016
In the Bayan-Ölgii province of Mongolia, eagles are used to hunt during winter. In this photo, a young man proudly displays his family’s eagle and in doing so gives insight into his life. His hat tan, faux-pas plastic slippers and socks, the handcrafted basketball hoop, the rubbish, the hint of the old Soviet truck and the chain dangling from the majestic bird of pray’s ankle, all give the viewer a glimpse into this world. This photo captures so much contradiction – tradition vs. modernity, history vs. popular culture and freedom vs. restraint.
Mongolian Cowboy. 2016
A Mongolian cowboy competes in a local Naadam festival by attempting to lasso a horse as a drove gallops past.
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Ella Mack is an award-winning, self-taught photographer with a love for travel. She was born in Australia and now splits her time between her roots in Perth on the coast of Western Australia, her new home town of Montreal, Canada, and the rest of the world. Ella honed her craft while traversing the backstreets of Latin America, drinking tea with Kazakh eagle hunters and hiking volcanoes in eastern Africa. Her imagery treats landscapes like portraits, and portraits like a familiar afternoon with friends.