Magazine article Geographical

Free Spirits

Magazine article Geographical

Free Spirits

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Fighting against winter's harshness and the immensity of the Mongol Steppe, one Chinese photographer spent six years following the equine descendents of the horses Genghis Khan's hordes used to sweep through Asia in the 13th century

PREVIOUS SPREAD: when they move in hordes, the Mongolian horses evoke prehistoric cave paintings; ABOVE: from just under 2,500,000 horses in 1975, Mongolian horses number less than 700,000 today; BELOW: the horses must sometimes cover tens of kilometres in the snow and freezing cold to find a place where they will find meager fodder.

ABOVE: the dedicated Mongolian horse breeder must face the same daily rigours of the Mongolian winter as his equine charges (which can reach -40[degrees]C); BELOW: there are comparisons with traditional Chinese painting in Li Gang's photographic work with his subtle use of colour and contrast

ABOVE: deemed fierce and indomitable, Mongolian horses are allowed to roam free by farmers who visit them in their pastures every two to three days. …

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