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Sofie Olsen - The Nomad life in the cost of Burma and Thailand.
Their relationship with the ocean is extraordinary, traditionally living up to nine months of the year on boats, learning to swim before they can walk, and perceiving the ocean as their natural habitat. Living as hunters and gatherers, they are living without materialistic desires, and have long been protected from influence from the mainland. The modern world is entering theirs, and slowly they are losing their religion to ours.—Sofie Olsen Oslo-based photographer Sofie Olsen has been working in cooperation with an initiative called Project Moken, a multimedia platform in the works of making a documentary film about the lives of indigenous sea nomads living off the coastline of Burma and Thailand. Often inspired to photograph communities that exist on the fringe of society, Olsen found the Moken people and “their 3500-year-old culture as being one with the ocean” especially interesting. She learned to scuba dive so she could follow the men underwater as they hunted, capturing beautiful, quiet and intimate photographs. Olsen says of the several diving expeditions she has been on, “The feeling of weightlessness must be the closest I will ever get to fly, floating in an element where I am an alien makes me totally vulnerable and humble to the grandness of nature.”
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Do you know specifically where they live? I know that the beaches of thailand are very highly touristed so I was wondering?
4 years ago·Reply
I think it would be somewhere in the south of Burma and Thailand, since it is the only place that the 2 countries share the same coastline.
4 years ago·Reply
Yes but how can they avoid being overrun by tourists?
4 years ago·Reply
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moken_people :) I google the Moken people, they lived in an island, and maybe there was not much tourist there .
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