Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia

Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia


In 2015 Summer, I visited a nomad family in Western Mongolia. Lived with them at their summer camp side for few days. Quickly I developed a good relationship with their son Semeer and his sisters and cousins. At that time, Semeer was about 7-8 years old. They’d like to follow me everywhere and were very curious my camera. I had such good time then and decided back there to visit again. Five years late, in Feb of 2020, I made another journey to visit Mongolia. This time I joined Semeer’s family for a winter migration. Winter migration is to move herds from winter camp site to spring camp site. We walked 150 kms in 5 days and under sub 20 degrees. Semeer has grown up as a teenage now. He is not a playful kid anymore. He needs to help his father and uncles to herd the animals during migration. I really happy to see that Semeer’s family is doing well. Everyone is heathy and the family is much better off than 5 years ago financially. We quick re-connected and had a wonderful time. I promised to his family that I will be back and to attend Semeer’s wedding in the future.

‘Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia’ was the Black & White Travel Series of the Year 2nd place Winner in the MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020.

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart - A Boy's Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart - A Boy's Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart - A Boy's Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart - A Boy's Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart - A Boy's Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart - A Boy's Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart - A Boy's Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart - A Boy's Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Kevin Shi: Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

‘Five Years Apart – A Boy’s Grow Up in Western Mongolia’ was the Black & White Travel Series of the Year 2nd place Winner in the MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020.


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