Looking up on life as an adventure, photographer John Feely uses photography as an expression of his deep explorations of diverse locations, circumstances and cultures.
Without any plans, John set out on a journey to Western Mongolia, creating a visual narrative with an emphasis on the relationship between local people and the unique surroundings they live in. Presented body of work, titled The Outsider is an attempt to look beyond what’s visible. It is a reflection of John’s personal observations of Western Mongolians, a community, that literally live in an ethereal landscape.
“Outsiders in their own way, both physically and in a globalised context. A culture that has a deep respect for things through a literal connection to ancestry and the natural world. Perhaps learning from tradition is an important part of progress. I could not speak any of the local languages, so all communication was non-verbal. This had a notable effect on how I spent my days. A lot of fun was had and strong relationships were formed from this circumstance. I guess without language the details disappeared and we were left with a very pure and sparse way of relating to each other,” described his experience John.