Have you ever travelled to a country where your language isn’t spoken and cultural differences abound?
This is exactly what photographer Richard Simko did last year when he visited Mongolia for the first time. Having been enthralled by stories of Genghis Khan as a child, he was eager to engage learn more about the Mongolian people, culture and traditions. During his stay, he lived with a family, took part in their day-to-day routines, and photographed their lifestyle with his trusty Fujifilm X-T1 and X100s. He even attended the annual Eagle Hunting Festival, which has become quite a popular tourist attraction in recent years. His images can be found on the Fuji X Passion website.
Another photographer who recently travelled to a part of the world he’d long been curious to experience for himself was Brian Matiash. He spent nearly three weeks in Cuba and Trinidad with the Sony A7r II and the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 and Batis 1.8/85 lenses. If you visit Havana (Cuba), he suggests exploring on foot to get a real sense for the culture and the genuinely kind nature of the people. You can find his full gallery of images on the Zeiss Lenspire website.
A point both photographers make in their respective articles, and that has been reiterated since mirrorless cameras first began to make an appearance on the market, is that it is easier to travel with a small mirrorless set-up because it draws less attention and reduces the weight of your luggage. I have to say that we thoroughly agree!