56,000 Kilometers: Two-Year Journey Documenting Forgotten Faces of Asian Culture and Life

More than just a trip, 56,000km is an approach to the culture and forgotten faces of Asia.

---- Kares Le Roy

Few years ago, French photographer Kares Le Roy travelled to barely known regions in Asia across five chapters: South-Eastern Asia, South Asia, North Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East, capturing and apprehending another type of grandeur through the 56,000 Kilometers project. Unlike the formats of beauty imposed by the West, the agenda of this project was to show those we do not talk about, those that we stignatise, and those that are forgotten. It may seem less sophisticated but is certainly more honest.

During this 2-year journey, in uncharted territory, Kares Le Roy encountered an often secluded type of diversity, such as sedentary tribes of South-East Asia to the Kashmir and Rajasthan Gypsies of India. More than just a trip, it was his approach to the Tibetan culture and the nomads of Central Asia, along with a perspective of the dialogue between sadhus and shamans. It was a spiritual discovery which extends from Buddhism to Islam. His journey became a wandering eye from the mountains of Nepal to the Mongolian steppes following the Silk Road to contemplate the glories of the Middle East.

Combining portraits, landscapes and scenes from life in more than one hundred images, Kares Le Roy traversed thousands of miles with a single purpose of collecting chacters and traits from the little-know people of Asia. His depictions of this part of the world are an invitation to travel.

(All photos copyrighted Kares Le Roy)






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