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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Mount Gonga Te...
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
08 Oct 2015

Final night of the Minya Konka trek in the 500 year old Mount Gonga Temple for 30RMB. Kham, Tibet (Garzê Tibetan Prefecture, Sichuan, China) October 8, 2015.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Sera Llamo's Home
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
16 Sep 2015

The private home of Sera Llamo, a single Tibetan woman, near Sershul Monastery at Shiqu, Garze, Sichuan. September 16, 2015

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Guesthouse at ...
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
09 Sep 2015

A 35RMB/night, single room at a Tibetan guesthouse near Dzogchen Monastery, Kham, Tibet. (Garze, Sichuan, China) September 9, 2015.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: "Raina's" Home
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
05 Oct 2014

A very humble and cold room in a 3-level Tibetan home, shared with the elderly mother and her teenage daughter. Near Dengzha, Garze, Sichuan, China. October 5, 2014

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: His Holiness G...
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
04 Oct 2014

A new room extension on a traditional 3 level Tibetan home, shared with a teenage girl home for China National Day. (Photographs of the Dalai Lama are forbidden and punishable by law.) Bogu, Dege, Sichuan, China. October 4, 2014.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: A Young Tibeta...
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
02 Oct 2014

The single room house of a young Tibetan couple and their new infant. During the night, the sound of the mice is terrifying and even more so when they burrow under blankets. Near Sidingcuo, Garze, Sichuan Province, China. October 2, 2014.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Tibetan Mounta...
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Sep 2014

A shared room with a Tibetan friend as the men complete their work on making a path through the mountains accessible by automobiles. Near Danba, Sichuan, China. September 28, 2014.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Zhaxi's Childh...
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
25 Sep 2014

The private bedroom from childhood in Zhaxi's family home. Jingai, Sichuan, China. September 25, 2014.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: A Monk's Room
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
21 Jul 2011

The common room where a monk sleeps that is next to a 15RMB/night room of an ancient monastery. Near Dege, Sichuan, China. July 7, 2011.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Home of Milkmaids
Sichuan
By Eleanor Moseman
24 Jun 2011

The sleeping corner of 2 milkmaid's home along the mountain pass between Yunnan and Sichuan Province, China. June 24, 2011.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis
TIbet, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Jiangsu
By Eleanor Moseman
07 May 2010

Home of the traveler represents more than a temporary place of rest but a private space for daily reflection and personal exploration. It's a sanctuary where a wanderer allows the stress and worries that come with surviving unknown lands and among strange, yet extraordinary, cultures. A personal temple where the devotee of a path can meditate among their reticent thoughts and boundless emotions with revelations of personal growth, like that of a blooming lotus. The modest space of a nomad that is only decorated with essential possessions and esoteric tools for continuing and planning the migration onward. It's a room of respite that is essential to the personal evolution that occurs during a pilgrimage through the world and life.

This body of work, entitled “The Nomad's Chrysalis”, began in 2010 during a solo bicycle tour around Asia that spanned 2 years. I had begun documenting the rooms as a way to visually record my travel in hopes to draw upon that day's events and emotions. At the time, I was also beginning to develop my profession as an architecture and interior photographer. This compelled me to capture the interesting and unique spaces I lived in. As time passed, there was the realization that this imagery evoked strong and complex emotions while cuing buried memories. The quickly growing collection of spaces developed into an ongoing project that physically identifies my travel while providing a concept for viewers to examine and contemplate.

Revealing little about the personal thoughts and emotions of the artist, this allows an individual interpretation and reaction from the audience. The observer can question what the traveler may have been feeling and thinking: curious of the previous day's events and how the next was anticipated and to be prepared for.

Each room represents a vital stage in development of a travelers as chrysalis is to the world of insects. The room is a habitation where cleaning and recovery occurs while the slow and continuous transformation transpires. These rooms contained a nomad's physical presence and material possessions while also providing a place of solitude to safely discover and meticulously explore her psyche.

(Additional information can be granted per image, upon request.)

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Chine, Yunnan
By Transterra Editor
04 May 2008

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Chine, Yunnan
By Transterra Editor
04 May 2008

Les Mosuo sont de tradition et de culture chamanique. Ils se sont convertis au bouddhisme au cours du XIIme sicle.

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Chine, Yunnan
By Transterra Editor
04 May 2008

Bima a quitt son village une seule fois pour rendre visite sa fille Namu Pkin. Elle ne dsire plus y retourner...

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By Transterra Editor
02 May 2008

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Chine, Yunnan
By Transterra Editor
02 May 2008

Lamour libre pratiqu par la minorit mosuo, fascine les Chinois : de nombreux couples viennent passer leur lune de miel dans cette contre o le mariage nexiste pas. Pas encore.