Photo by @andrewquilty for @burndiary. Darulaman Palace. 30.1.2014. #Light streams through a hole in a wall of #Darulaman #Palace (“Abode of #Peace”) in southern #Kabul. The Palace was built by and housed King Amanullah #Khan nearly 100 years ago as a part of his broader intention of modernizing #Afghanistan. The Palace was to be the centre of a new capital – Darul Aman – which would be connected to Kabul by rail. The #King was eventually removed from the palace by religious conservatives and remained unused for decades. It housed the defense ministry during the 70′s and 80′s and was set on fire during the #Communist coup of ’78. Further irreparable damage was caused by the heavy shelling of rival #Mujahideen factions fighting for control of Kabul in the 90′s. The palace is now no more than a grandiose backdrop to a small military outpost while a new parliament is under construction a short way away to the south.
Photo by @andrewquilty for @burndiary. Kafta Bazi. 29.1.2014. A man trains his flock in the art of “Kafta Bazi” or Play of Pigeons, on his #rooftop that also houses his birds. When a competition is arranged between rival fanciers (as the trainers are known), the two attempt to guide their flocks through a series of maneuvers and turns with familiar whistling sounds and gestures with their “tor” (net). If the #bird of one trainer becomes tired or disoriented and ends up with the opposing #flock, the rival trainer will capture it with his tor, forcing the original owner to pay a ransom for its return. #bird #pigeon #sport #kabul #afghanistan
Photo by @andrewquilty for @burndiary. The Afghan Sling. 29.1.2014. I haven’t met an Afghan boy who isn’t deadly with one of these. Here, they call them “Palaghman” – that’s as good as I can do with a phonetic translation anyway. I couldn’t resist buying one myself the other day and have so far managed to narrowly escape causing myself serious injury. I’m therefore always more than happy to give the little masters themselves a go, and invariably their skills are sounded with the whip-like “CRACK”! as their little missile is released into the air.#sling #slingshot #weapon #boy #afghanistan #kabul #whip
Photo by @andrewquilty for @burndiary. The Western Side of a headstone-littered hill in Qalai Musa get it’s first rays of sun for the day. There’s barely a hillside in Kabul that isn’t covered with countless slabs of slate marking the thousands upon thousands of graves. Few of them are marked but that doesn’t hinder family and friends from making regular visits to loved ones who’ve passed. 29.1.2014. #sunrise #tomb #grave #cemetery #kabul #afghanistan
Photo by @andrewquilty for @burndiary. Roadside Trim. 28.1.2014. An elderly man, crippled by a land mine that took his right leg below the knee, makes a living cutting hair in a small, makeshift #shelter by the side of the road in the #Taimani district of #Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. #landmine #stylist #hairdresser #hair #beard #work #job #amputee
Photo by @andrewquilty for @BURNdiary. After six hours of chasing and waiting for a visa renewal today, my writer & friend Claire and I saw clouds of rusty, orange smoke billowing from behind some buildings a couple of blocks away. Fortunately it wasn’t the result of anything malicious – as is all-too-often the case in Kabul – but rather a toxic fire that had taken hold in a scrap-metal yard. No one was hurt and the firefighters had it under control in no time.
Photo by @MattEich for @BURNdiary. Madelyn’s hearts mix with Meira’s handprints on a foggy glass door in Norfolk, Virginia on January 22, 2014. Well, friends, we’ve reached the end of my journey here on @BURNdiary, though it is just the beginning of the larger journey, which will take me through more than 10 states over the course of two weeks for assignments and personal work. Follow along on @MattEich to see what the road has in store. A huge thanks to the @BURNDiary team, @davidalanharvey, @diegorlando, and @kayaleeberne for letting me journal about my family in your special space, and of course to all of you for your eyes. @MattEich signing off! #matteich #burndiary #foggy #frontdoor #hearts #snowday #cold #love #family #norfolk #virginia #va #757 #hamptonroads #thesevencities
@MattEich for @BURNdiary. Meira has a cranky morning moment, Norfolk, Virginia, January 23, 2014. #matteich #burndiary #norfolk #virginia #va #morning #daughter #meira #meltdown #757 #hamptonroads #thesevencities
@MattEich for @BURNdiary. Meira balancing on a chair in the morning of January 23, 2014. At 16 months, she already seems to be a bit more daring than her older sister. #matteich #burndiary #norfolk #virginia #va #family #daughter #balancing #troublemaker #testingthelimits #thesevencities
Photo by @MattEich for @BURNdiary. Maddie playing outside on a snow day, Norfolk, Virginia, January 22, 2014. #matteich #burndiary #norfolk #virginia #va #757 #hamptonroads #daughter #family #snowday #reflection #thesevencities
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In the last decade the economy of Mongolia has grown at an unprecedented rate, with GDP expanding by more than 10% per year. All this mostly depends on the mining industry: attracted by the large deposits of copper, gold and most of all coal, all of the industry’s global giants have invested and invest in this small country of Central Asia.
In this accelerated and deregulated development, local populations and traditional ways of life based on ancestral nomadic herding along routes across the steppes are undergoing a crisis. Many families have left their activities and moved in large urban centers in search of work opportunities in this new industrial society, often slipping into economic and social poverty. Others, however, try to resist, dealing every day with pollution, dusts that poison the vegetation, and living conditions which get more and more difficult every day.
This work is a journey in the daily lives of a few families. On one hand, those who chose to continue the tradition of the steppe despite all difficulties, on the other, those who preferred to take their chances in the large cities, unfortunately facing the reality of a space which is deteriorated and invaded by unreachable western cultural models.
The goal is to document the effects of a process of modernization that seems “… inevitable, fatal as death”. (José Saramago, ‘Cain’)
Michele Palazzi was born in Rome in 1984. After gaining a three years master in Photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia, he started working as a documentary photographer. In 2009 he received the Enzo Baldoni prize with project 3,32 AM on the earthquake in Abruzzo. Since 2010 he’s been working on the project Migrant Workers Journey, recipient of the Project Launch Award 2011 at Center Santa Fe, exhibited in New Mexico Museum of Art and screened at the Visa Pour l’Image 2012. In 2013 he received the Environmental Photographer of the Year, First Prize. Between 2012 and 2013 he started working on a long term project about the modernization impact in Asian developing countries. He lives in Rome.
Maddie in the falling snow outside my studio space at Fawn Street Studios in Norfolk, Virginia on January 21, 2014. It’s not often that we have snow around here, but when we do the entire city shuts down. Schools let out early before the snow even started, so she came to work with me. #norfolk #virginia #va #snow #night #daughter ##family #studio #snowday #polarvortexbullshit #thesevencities
More than a year ago my dad shows up at the house one day with a beta fish for my daughter Madelyn, his first grandchild. He sets the fishbowl on the table in front of me and says, “So you can teach her about death.” She named the fish Jack, and he is still alive today, though he leads a pretty sad and solitary life by my estimation. Norfolk, Virginia, January 21, 2014. #matteich #burndiary #norfolk #virginia #va #family #fishbowl #betafish #lifelessons #thesevencities
Hey y’all, my name is Matt Eich (@MattEich). I am a 27-year-old independent photographer, husband, and father of two, currently living in Norfolk, Virginia while working on long-form projects around America. This is me with my youngest daughter, Meira, before school and work this morning. One of my struggles as a photographer is the constant strain between home and the road. My heart is at home, but work is elsewhere. This week I am preparing for a stretch on the road for assignments and personal work. I will be sharing glimpses of my family life as I get ready to leave. The week before a big trip is never easy as my foot is already halfway out the door (my mind too), my wife is trying to gear up to be a single mom for a few weeks and the kids can sense that something is changing. My happiest moments are with them, so these photographs serve as a reminder when I am gone, as well as a way to distill chaos and hold onto moments that pass all too quickly. Thanks for following along. #matteich #photographer #burndiary #family #love #TheSevenCities
Ok this coming to end. That’s my youngest son watching me this morning post an image on BurnDiary…@diegorlando and @kayaleeberne thank you very much for giving me this incredible week. I’ve enjoyed this BurnDiary soooo much!Ok one more post and I’ll sign out…