The hard land and extreme climate—combined with centuries of isolation—have shaped the people of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas into a peaceful, tempered existence. It does not pay to give in to one’s passions in these conditions; better to focus on survival and reincarnation. The culture draws influences from Tibet, Kashmir, and Central Asia - the land is known as The Mystical Land of the High Passes, or simply as Moonland.
The peaceful coexistence between the people and the land is evident in Yuri Andries’s (b. 1986, Belgium) images that are both intimate and epic. The people here are always contextualised within the larger-than-life landscapes of the Himalayas, using renewable energy in the harshest of winters, relying on their animals for livelihood.