Mongolian Eagle Hunters
February 17, 2013 5:24 PM   Subscribe

The Last of the Mongolian Eagle Hunters. "In remote Mongolia, a few men continue the dying tradition of training golden eagles to hunt. Australian photographer Palani Mohan describes his project to document what remains of this centuries-old culture." posted by homunculus (11 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
some great portraits in there. stunning landscapes too. i forgot how much i once loved black and white.
posted by ecourbanist at 5:52 PM on February 17, 2013

Thanks for this wonderful post!
Not only are his eagle hunters wondeful, so are the pictures of Holi, and the series of camels.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 7:12 PM on February 17, 2013

aw really? I don't know what this is a commercial for yet but i will keep digging.

probably some Conan the Barbarian installment
posted by Colonel Panic at 8:14 PM on February 17, 2013

To crush your enemies, to see them driven before your eagles, and to hear the lamentation of the foxes.
posted by homunculus at 8:25 PM on February 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

dont know why it took me so long.

The head eagle chief with the hipster frames?

It's a viral for Lenscrafters.

posted by Colonel Panic at 8:29 PM on February 17, 2013

I am not worthy. I am not a hunter. I am merely a peasant with a gun.
posted by bert2368 at 9:12 PM on February 17, 2013

It's a viral for Lenscrafters.

Yeah, no. I've been to Western Mongolia before, to the Eagle Festival. Saw that dude compete. That guy is completely baller. He would not rep Lenscrafters. 20 thousand dollar limited edition Oliver Peoples frames designed by Kanye West, maybe. Not Lenscrafters.
posted by tracert at 11:14 PM on February 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

black and white

While I agree, most of the photos are pretty amazing, a few stuck out in my eye as really screaming to be in colour. I'm talking specifically of the few close up shots of the birds by Mohan, especially the couple directly above the birds' back.

I get black and white as a medium and all that, but the birds colouring deserves the full colour treatment, in my opinion at least.
posted by Legs11 at 2:42 AM on February 18, 2013

Yes, totally agree- black and white does not suit this subject at all.
posted by BobsterLobster at 4:38 AM on February 18, 2013

Re back and white vs colour.
Instead of desiring these photographs to be what you want them to be, why not accept them as the photographer wants them to be. After all he is the one telling the story. It isn't as if he doesn't use colour.
posted by adamvasco at 6:37 AM on February 18, 2013

This is a true story. I was once trying to entertain a toddler by showing her the live PandaCam feed from the National Zoo, where a baby panda had just been born. It was a murky infrared lowlight camera situation, as they didn't want to use lights in the panda den as they might disrupt the mother/cub nursing bond etc. So we watched it for a while but it was sort of hard to see.

I asked her what she thought of it, and she said:

"I was going to say I didn't like it because it was in black and white, but then I realized they were Pandas."

The mouths of babes, dudes, the mouths of babes.
posted by spitbull at 6:54 PM on February 19, 2013

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