“Like going to war.” This is how one of the wrestlers in photographer Ken Hermann and art director Gem Fletcher‘s project Bökh, describes Mongolian wrestling. Shot in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, the resulting portraits and short film pay respect to this ancient tradition. It’s a tradition that is still very much alive in the nomadic communities that account for 30% of the country’s population.
Former sea pilot-turned-photographer Sergey Larenkov uses his photo manipulation skills to create a collection of intriguing images that merge the past and present. The 41-year-old Russian photographer initially began the project as a hobby, taking an interest in the idea of occupying a space that historical figures and events took place.
Using old, archived photos as his portal to the past, Larenkov told us, “I take all the modern images myself because the most important part is finding the desired point to shoot… It’s very interesting to find the point where another photographer once stood. Suddenly, you see an old world with your very own eyes. You are transported back in time, it’s almost as if you’ve stepped into a time machine. Sometimes, this is scary.”