Mr. Sail Jarykh. He was resting on a rock between scenes during the filming of my project “The Story of Aisholpan”. He proudly showed off his saddle, which has been in his family for a hundred years. Our crew hiked for an hour to the top of this mountain to film Mr. Jarykh's scenes, which meant that Mr. Jarykh, his horse and eagle also had to hike as well. He was a sweet, smiling old man with a slight limp who did not have to bother with the silly ideas of a crazy filmmaker, but he decided to be a part of our journey anyways. The night before our shoot I drove for two hours on the steppe to see Mr. Jarykh at his homestead. We sat as guests in his home drinking traditional Kazakh tea and “aaruul” (Ааруул), dried hardened sour milk curds, making our introductions and discussing the purpose of our visit. He was kind and generous and excitedly showed us his large collection of Eagle-hunting trophies from over the years. His food and tea were delicious and the fire in his home was crispy on my frozen cheeks. The next morning he rode on horseback for 3 hours to film with us. Above all, I want this portrait to be a testament to the kindness, hospitality and generosity of the Kazakh people of Western Mongolia who allowed us into their homes so that we could capture vignettes of their lives. It is my hope that this image will last into the future and serve as a loving snapshot of their incredible culture.
Wings of Jarykh
This stunning image is a custom photographic print on archival Kodak Endura Premier Matt paper for state-of-the-art image stability.