Photography has played one of the most significant roles in documentary and shaping the course of history. It can be approached from a million different things to different people.
And giving exhibition in different countries means sharing your experience with other people, who have no idea how much time effort or sacrifice is behind one photo and at the same time get pleasure from the viewers when one of your photos will give them a moment’s respite from their worries in the rush of the day.
No matter where we are located, we have the opportunity to connect with others and share information. On March 15 in the framework of the long term project of The State Silk Museum – ‘Transcontinental Network Far and Near’ Trang Hoang, an association manager at International Friends of State Silk Museum, Tbilisi invited Vargha Bahagir, a documentary photographer, whose works are commonly focused on indigenous people and ethnic minorities, to give a photo exhibition The Last Nomads. The exhibited photos combined two parts of the project: Bajau Laut and Raute. Bajau Laut Known as ‘sea gypsies’ and the ’last of the sea nomads,’ the Bajau have long been surfing the seas between Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Raute calling themselves the “kings of the forest, ’the Raute are Nepal’s only nomadic tribe. They live in primitive camps in remote parts of the forests in Western Nepal.
‘Being an emigrant myself, having also spent years on the road, I have always found myself affected and attracted to the subject of human moving and relocation. Constantly reflecting on the subject, I keep asking myself why humans migrate, and what social, cultural, religious, or economic motives underlie the phenomenon. For the modern world, awareness of how others live miles and oceans away from them is a cultural and educational necessity. This can better familiarize us with our ancient roots. In this way, photography is an excellent medium.’ says Vargha Bahagir.
I have the greatest respect for people who look for opportunities for cultural exchange and to photograph Now before the moment changes and old traditions move aside for more modern methods, have the skills and equipment to take fantastic photos and choose to share them with others.