In a breathtakingly beautiful book called Before They Pass Away, photographer Jimmy Nelson documents 29 of the most secluded tribes in the world.
From the looks of the images he has captured, these people are living purpose-driven, abundant lives away from the confines of routine and technology. They are living in such isolation from the rest of humanity that they are on the verge of becoming extinct.
Recently, the brilliant photographer was interviewed and he shed some light on the narrative behind the incredibly powerful images, saying:
“After arriving at the locations, I always made sure they never saw any cameras. I also made myself small—in both a physical and metaphorical sense. I’m quite tall and imposing, but when you make yourself small, you give them the feeling that they are in control, even if it means spending 4 days crouched in the dirt. I would then try to communicate, usually with the help of translators. In places like Papua New Guinea, where there are thousands of languages, I had to use hand gestures and touching. Another important point is that I always stayed in their accommodation, whether it be a teepee or the ground, because I didn’t want to give the impression that I was better than them.”
The Before They Pass Away book is available on Amazon.com. You can also read more about the extraordinary tribes, as well as view more captivating images, here.