Wild men's world

  • Photographer
    Melanie Alamir
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Date of Photograph
    March 2023
  • Technical Info
    Sony Alpha 99 with GM 2,8 70-200 and Sony Alpha 7RII with GM 2,8 24-70

Beyond the glitzy new facades of the capital Dushanbe, Tajikistan is deeply entrenched in its traditional culture. Its people have learned to survive iron fisted regimes, a bloody civil war in the 1990s, and the daily struggle to make a living in the widely mountainous and rugged terrain. In Buzkashi, an archaic game of horse riders chasing after a goat corpse, the old Central Asian soul of Tajikistan seems to live on. During the season in spring, watching the game is a popular pastime for men. Where traditional manliness is celebrated, subdued impulses of freedom find a channel of expression.

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