Prints

fine art prints by National Geographic photographer Matthieu Paley

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Töö I

Red
1100

A Bactrian camel sits out a snow storm. These beasts of nature are native to the steppes of Central Asia where they have been used as pack animals along the Silk Road since ancient times. They have an incredible tolerance for cold, high altitude or drought and belong to a small group of animals that regularly eat snow to provide their water needs. The latent heat of snow and ice is enormous compared with the heat capacity of water, demanding a large sacrifice in heat energy and forcing animals to eat only small amounts at a time.

Tsast Uul

From the SteppesInstagram
900

I peeked out the tent to see this. We had  just trekked up Tsast Uul, one of the highest mountains in Mongolia. You would think we were alone, but in Mongolia horse riders would spot our tent from miles away and spontaneously stick their heads inside, just like we would walk into their gers.

Woolio

To The Snow
900

It was the night before we climbed Woolio-e Sar, an unclimbed 6000m peak in the Karakoram in Pakistan near the border with China. We bivouacked right here below a huge boulder high above  the Shimshal Pamir. Me and my friend Bruno woke up at 4am and found our way up.

Woolook Bu

BlueInstagram
850

Blanket-draped yaks hunker down outside a young couple’s yurt on the eve of a summer trading journey. Made of interlaced poles covered with felt, these portable homes are packed up and reassembled for seasonal migration. Wooden doors are imported to the treeless plateau from lower altitudes.

Wuruchan

From the Steppes
600

The first time I saw someone smoking opium. I was hesitant to photograph. The younger son of the Khan, Wuruchan Noor Ullah, the ‘king’ of the Kyrgyz. It was raining outside, he was just back from patrolling the Tajik border, some yaks had gone missing, strolling into another country. Afghanistan.

Yimit

To The Snow
900

It was one of these covered days that I like very much. They invited me in, a wedding was happening next door and I needed a break. They had pulled a blanket in front of their door to keep the guests warm.

Yolyn Am

To The Snow
900

We drove past the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains, on the edge of the Gobi desert, getting stuck in snow. It was February and John had agreed to join me. We were in an old beaten up Russian truck, called a UAZ. We got stuck and the driver offered us a snack of camel tongue and vodka. We reached Yolyn Am, the Lammergeier Valley, and walked along the frozen river.

Zorabod

To The Snow
900

The first time crossing the hanging bridge near Passu in Pakistan’s Karakorum mountains. A stressful experience looking at the water rushing below. And then this grandmother just trotted through, like a breeze. Humbled.