Jade Sel­lick

Ven­tur­ing into the Mon­go­lian steppe, Jade Sel­lick has cap­tured the unique lives of no­madic herders.

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Un­der­grad Jade trav­elled solo into the Mon­go­lian steppe to ob­serve and doc­u­ment the re­gion’s no­madic herders.

VIS­UAL FORMS OF STORYTELLING, SUCH AS an­i­ma­tion and film, have fas­ci­nated and cap­ti­vated me from a young age. How­ever, my pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy de­vel­oped later in life. I stud­ied film pro­duc­tion at Bournemouth Film School, where I spe­cialised in cin­e­matog­ra­phy. It was here that I found an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for stills pho­tog­ra­phy and its abil­ity to en­chant an au­di­ence. As I delved deeper into creative nar­ra­tives, I soon found that most of my in­spi­ra­tion was com­ing from true ac­counts of real peo­ple and their ex­tra­or­di­nary ad­ven­tures. It was at this point that I de­cided to fo­cus on doc­u­men­tary me­dia and trans­ferred to Fal­mouth Univer­sity to study Ma­rine and Nat­u­ral His­tory Pho­tog­ra­phy.

I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to go on some amaz­ing ad­ven­tures, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, in pur­suit of vis­ual storytelling. My most re­cent project, Herders, took me on a solo trip to the re­mote Mon­go­lian wilder­ness. It was an in­ti­mate look at a no­madic fam­ily liv­ing in the heart of the Mon­go­lian steppe. It doc­u­ments their daily rou­tine as they hon­our and pre­serve their tra­di­tional cul­ture, even as it col­lides with the 21st cen­tury and mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. I wanted to of­fer a glimpse into this of­ten ro­man­ti­cised way of life, show­ing the gritty re­al­ity of con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tional prac­tice of pas­toral herd­ing in the con­tem­po­rary world. Their con­nec­tion, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing of their en­vi­ron­ment is in­cred­i­ble. Skills have been passed down through gen­er­a­tions to al­low them to read the weather and watch the move­ments of the sun to nav­i­gate their ter­ri­to­ries.

Herd­ing is a way of life for many Mon­go­lians, and is sym­bolic of the coun­try’s cul­ture. How­ever, due to ru­ral-tour­ban mi­gra­tion, a boom­ing min­ing in­dus­try, the ef­fects of global warm­ing and mod­ern in­flu­ences, this ex­is­tence is un­der threat. This is of­ten a side of Mon­go­lian cul­ture that’s rarely rep­re­sented. I wanted this project to act as a re­minder of the beauty that can be found in a sim­ple life by sim­ple means. It rep­re­sents the frag­ile con­nec­tion be­tween hu­mans and na­ture, which I be­lieve is some­thing that we’ve lost touch with in to­day’s mod­ern world. Jade Sel­lick is study­ing Ma­rine and Nat­u­ral His­tory Pho­tog­ra­phy at Fal­mouth Univer­sity. jade­sel­lick.com

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