Since first learning of his stunning imagery, I've been enamored to the point of obsession with Jimmy Nelson's photographs and, more precisely, his subjects whose existence reverberates with resilience in spite of "progress." Camera in hand, Jimmy set out to capture glimpses into the cultures and traditions of rare indigenous tribes from far, far away corners. After several years, his project culminated in the form of a book entitled Before They Pass Away, a photographic journey that elicits a grappling sense of identity and belonging. Distinct as they may be, in the piercing gaze of each tribal man, woman, and child is a deep, swelling warmth that transcends language and borders and speaks at the level of humankind. Between the cosmos that link us all is this sudden, close sentiment of quiet intimacy.
In the spirit of podcasts, check out Ted Talks for a fascinating discussion on Jimmy's epic journey and the insights he gained. And for more striking images, visit www.beforethey.com. All images ©Jimmy Nelson Pictures B.V.