(IMPORTANT: I am moving my blog over to facesofplacesproject.com. Please subscribe to that blog, as I will soon be posting only there! Sorry) The Uyghur people are a relatively small people group located almost exclusively in the Northwest province of Xinjiang, China. There are only around 12 million in the world and 80% of them … More Meet the Uyghurs: Battle for Urumqi
Imagine trekking for hundreds of miles with your camel caravan in tow through the vast arid desert. You haven’t had cool water in weeks, and haven’t seen anything green for miles. Maybe you have hallucinated it a few times or been tricked by a mirage, only to be let down when the fresh water never … More Dunhuang: The Desert Oasis
In one of the most unassuming parts of this vast country I stumbled across one of the most jaw dropping landscapes I have ever seen. My mind is still questioning whether what I saw was real or just some hallucination of colors and lines amidst mountains of desert. I saw pictures online and figured, they … More The Incredible Rainbow Rocks of Zhangye
Every face tells a story and every place shapes that person’s story. Whether it is the person’s occupation, home, city, backyard, or their morning commute, the places surrounding them shape their lifestyle, culture, and worldview. Meanwhile these people are the very ones shaping the places they occupy whether it be through their architecture, work of the land, or preservation of their environment.
The people are what make these places, and the landscapes are what make these people who they are. The two are forever intertwined, creating the variety of life that makes each country and culture so unique.
We travel the world for this reason: to experience and witness the scope of how life is lived in ways so foreign to us. Yet amid the vast myriad of lifestyles and cultures, we still see common humanity amongst us all. We can strangely relate to each of these people. Across the globe, face after face looking back at you, different colored skin, different styles of clothing, every person has eyes and ears, a nose and a mouth, smiles and personality. Despite the different places from which they come and the different experiences of their life written in every shadow and wrinkle of that face, they all breathe the same air, pump blood through the same heart, think with the same brain, and process the same emotions through their soul.