Matthieu Paley (@paleyphoto) — Mostly latergrams, assignments and family • Photographer @natgeo  / Commercial @natgeoimagecollection  • Homebase Portugal • Fine Art Prints here:
Wrapping the gift of nature, sending wishes in silence; how many cultures have t
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Wrapping the gift of nature, sending wishes in silence; how many cultures have tied things to trees, in cold and hot lands, dressing up nature way before Christmas even existed? Baluchistan desert, Pakistan. #prayingtonature#paleyprints
11.02.2019 23:12:09
Part 1 of 2 - A bath in the holy Hingol river, just before the temple - "There a
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Part 1 of 2 - A bath in the holy Hingol river, just before the temple - "There are crocodiles in the river, but they come out when it is cooler”, Raj Kumar. Water in a landscape that dry. Hindus in Pakistan. On assignment for @natgeo#pinkdress#hindupilgrim#pinkfashion#bluesteellook#portraiture#paleyprints
08.02.2019 12:43:43
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Part 2 of 2 - Crumbling crust, the burning plains of Baluchistan. “Back to the c
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Part 2 of 2 - Crumbling crust, the burning plains of Baluchistan. “Back to the car please, there can be dacoits”, kind worried driver. On assignment for @natgeo#sarmachar#pinklandscape#crackedearth#desertlandscape
08.02.2019 12:29:14
Part 1 of 2 - For the details of reality, there is plenty surreal. The pride of
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Part 1 of 2 - For the details of reality, there is plenty surreal. The pride of Ramesh Kumar, a walking pilgrim - pink shalwar, the kamiz held by the finger tips, plastic shoe laying still on the rock, doing a circumnavigation of a series of 3 mountain passes. I have always wanted to buy a pink shalwar kamiz, I am just jealous of this guy for pulling it off so well! Hindus in Pakistan. On assignment for @natgeo#pinkdress#hindupilgrim#pinkfashion#bluesteellook#portraiture#paleyprints
07.02.2019 13:37:34
Part 2 of 2 - Chandragup volcano night glow, meanwhile pilgrims walk up to the c
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Part 2 of 2 - Chandragup volcano night glow, meanwhile pilgrims walk up to the crater, by the flashlight. The boom box, maxed out on Hindi tunes in the distance, I could live without. Hindus in Pakistan. #volcano#hinduism#volcanoworship#pilgrims#mudvolcano#paleyprints
07.02.2019 13:36:23
Part 1 of 2 - Pilgrims were walking around the rim of the crater. What brought p
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Part 1 of 2 - Pilgrims were walking around the rim of the crater. What brought people to worship such force of nature, hundreds, thousands of years ago til this day, that is fascinating. She sat there watching her family members doing their round, by the precipice. On assignment for @natgeo#volcano#hinduism#worship#womanofthedesert#mudvolcano#paleyprints
06.02.2019 12:07:06
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Part 2 of 2 - The opening of a dormant volcano. Mother and daughter, shadow play
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Part 2 of 2 - The opening of a dormant volcano. Mother and daughter, shadow play on the crater wall. On assignment for @natgeo#volcano#hinduism#worship#womanofthedesert#mudvolcano#crater#paleyprints
06.02.2019 12:05:54
Hindu pilgrims give offerings to a mud volcano in Baluchistan’s desert, Pakistan
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Hindu pilgrims give offerings to a mud volcano in Baluchistan’s desert, Pakistan. In 1947, Pakistan, or “Land of the Pure,” was carved into the Asian subcontinent. That August, the nation’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, set forth a vision for a secular country in his first presidential address. Things changed after that... but it’s good to be reminded of Jinnah's inspirational speech: “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State,” Jinnah famously said. “We are starting with this fundamental principle: that we are all citizens, and equal citizens, of one State.” #unseenbalochistan#volcano#hinduism#worship#pilgrimage#mud#interreligion#mudvolcano
05.02.2019 14:38:08
Excited to finally have that story out on National Geographic! I first heard of
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Excited to finally have that story out on National Geographic! I first heard of the mud volcanoes of Balochistan while I was in Pakistan and I just couldnt believe it, I had to see it. Coupled with a Hindu pilgrimage, I managed to convinced my editor that I should shoot a story on it. It was a hard assignment, lots of walking in extreme heat and dust and the madness of any pilgrimage, religious fervour, noise, packed temple... Here is a quiet aerial view, Hindu pilgrims climb the steep flanks of the mud volcano called Chandragup to throw coconuts into the crater—a ritual intended to thank the gods and makes wishes. The trek up to the rim of the volcano is one of the first rituals of the Hinglaj pilgrimage. Infinite gratitude to @muhammadyasirbaloch for opening his homeland to me and all the help in the field and to my editor @jehanjillani for making it (finally) happen! / On assignment for @natgeo / For full story, follow link in my bio #unseenbalochistan#volcano#hinduism#worship#pilgrimage#mud#interreligion@dji
15.01.2019 15:33:01
The collective movement that is train travel relies heavily on that man - the he
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The collective movement that is train travel relies heavily on that man - the head cook. Well fed, we shall stay united by purpose... Next, I was duly impressed by this waiter’s hairstyle - he was getting a car for a client outside the station / I recently crossed Iran by train. A circular journey shifting between the enclosed space of our compartment and escapes on the edge of cities where the generosity of Iranians would open many doors. For an upcoming @natgeo story. #bowtie#haistyle#traintravel#iranbytrain#irantravel#headcook
29.12.2018 11:42:25
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Hope everyone having great holidays and gearing up for new year! 💃🏻🕺Here, stoppi
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Hope everyone having great holidays and gearing up for new year! 💃🏻🕺Here, stopping for an invitation at a nomadic family on the edge of the Lut desert - meanwhile back with our host in Zahedan, view to the kitchen from a hole in the wall / I recently crossed Iran by train. A circular journey shifting between the enclosed space of our compartment and escapes on the edge of cities where the generosity of Iranians would open many doors. For an upcoming @natgeo story. #iranjourney#nomadiclife#nomadictent#holeinthewall#iranianhospitality#paleyprints
27.12.2018 11:09:40
Malek’s son plays in the family’s magnesite mine, on the edge of the beautiful L
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Malek’s son plays in the family’s magnesite mine, on the edge of the beautiful Lut desert, Iran. Next, a car covered in dust sits amid an empty lot in Ahvaz city, capital of Khuzestan province. In 2011, the World Health Organization ranked Ahvaz as the world's most air-polluted city / I recently crossed Iran by train. A circular journey shifting between the enclosed space of our compartment and escapes on the edge of cities where the generosity of Iranians would open many doors. For an upcoming @natgeo story. #magnesite#stonemine#airpollution#mediumformat#irantravel#lutdesert#dust#iranianhospitality#paleyprints
21.12.2018 14:29:34
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