“I have a personal connection with traditional cultures around the world and am particularly passionate about Asian traditions and cultures. How these individuals and societies survive and thrive under extremely difficult conditions is a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit.”
These are the words of New York City-based photographer and director Matt Dutile, whose work has taken him to the most remote corners of the globe documenting various cultures for work, pleasure, and simply because he can’t imagine doing anything else.
Matt’s most recent undertaking is more than just an assignment or globetrotting adventure. Matt has launched a kickstarter campaign dedicated to his six-week trip to Mongolia, also known as the Land of the Blue Skies. This country, with its wide-open plains and 260 days of annual sunshine, has been home to people of a pastoral nomadic culture for over 4,000 years.
Although this nomadic culture has stretched over so many years, the Mongolian people are slowly making their way towards modernization and westernization. Matt’s travels will take him to the Gorkhi-Terelj region of Mongolia in mid-August, where he will stay with host families, immersing himself in the culture while documenting the people as they embrace new technologies while keeping true to the traditions and practices of history.
The final product will be a fine art caliber photo book full of Matt’s adventures. He has designated different prizes for different donation amounts, including funding books to be given to the Mongolian people.