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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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portrait of child worker that working...
Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Tamanna, age of 11, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Mili, age 10, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Zhumu, age 11, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Tareq, age 11, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Bilqis, age 9, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Runa, age 9, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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portrait of child worker that working...
Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Mili, age 10, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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portrait of child worker that working...
Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Kabita, age of 11, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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portrait of child worker that working...
Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Tania, age 10, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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portrait of child worker that working...
Voirob
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Nov 2014

Sheuli, age o8, works in a rice processing factory and earns 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day.

Child workers in rice processing factories work with their mothers as a helping hand.By working from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis, child workers earn 50 taka ($0.65 USD) per day. Most of them aged are 8 to 11.Full-time work frequently prevents children from attending school.

According to the Labour Laws of Bangladesh, the minimum legal age for employment is 14. UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries are involved in child labour.

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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: Home Along the...
Xinjiang
By Eleanor Moseman
29 Mar 2012

A room shared with 2 Belgian cyclists on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan. For one night, 25RMB per person and included coal to heat the room for the evening. Irkeshtam Port, Xinjiang, China on March 29, 2012.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: "LuGuan" At Th...
Xinjiang
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2012

A night in a 50RMB "LuGuan" dorm near the most inland point of Asian continent, "The Center of Asia". Sa'ErDaBan, Xinjiang, China. February 12, 2012.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Morning Light
Xinjiang
By Eleanor Moseman
06 Dec 2011

A "luguan" where private rooms with public toilets cost 35RMB for a night. A pleasant morning sanctuary from the -18C temperature from mountains and deserts of Xinjiang. Jimsar, Xinjiang, China. December 12, 2011.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Edge of the Go...
Xinjiang
By Eleanor Moseman
25 Nov 2011

A very warm and cozy room in the town of Bai Shi Tou, Xinjiang for 25RMB a night. November 25, 2011 on the China side of the Gobi Desert, bordering to Mongolia.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Home on the Ro...
Tibet
By Eleanor Moseman
08 Sep 2011

View from the sleeping area in a Tibetan family's single-room home. Very few hours of sleep as the couple were praying and performing rituals throughout the night. Near MaErBoQu, Tibet Autonomous Region. September 8, 2011.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Chinese "ZhuSu...
Tibet
By Eleanor Moseman
07 Sep 2011

A restaurant that also provided a warm and safe place to sleep on the high plateau, for 35RMB. Near BaMu Lake (BaMuCuo), Tibet Autonomous Region on September 7, 2011.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Tibetan Tent A...
Tibet
By Eleanor Moseman
30 Aug 2011

Tibetan nomad's tent that will only be used one night as they pack and prepare to move to the lowlands for winter. Southeast shore of Lake Namu (Namucuo), Tibet Autonomous Region. August 30, 2011

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Rest in a Tibe...
Tibet
By Eleanor Moseman
29 Aug 2011

A Tibetan nomad's yak-hair tent used for cooking and daily activities used as a place of rest before crossing a mountain pass to Lake Namu (Namucuo), Tibet Autonomous Region, August 29, 2011.

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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: Concrete "Yurt...
Inner Mongolia
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jun 2010

A modern yurt of concrete on a Mongolian ranch for 30RMB near Hulun Lake, Inner Mongolia, China. June 28, 2010.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: The Place of t...
Inner Mongolia
By Eleanor Moseman
26 Jun 2010

A 25RMB room where a young Mongolian man threatened murder for hours that eventually lead to an unwanted sexual advance. Near Wulan Huadui, Inner Mongolia, China. June 26, 2010

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Passing Along ...
Jiangsu
By Eleanor Moseman
18 May 2010

A room for 45RMB along the Grand Canal where the odor of natural gas took over the room throughout the night. Jiangsu Province, China, May 18, 2010.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Simple Chinese...
Jiangsu
By Eleanor Moseman
15 May 2010

A traditional Chinese room in a family's home near the Grand Canal for 15RMB, Jiangsu, China. May 15, 2010.

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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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The Nomad's Chrysalis: A Place of Lon...
Zhenjiang
By Eleanor Moseman
07 May 2010

An 80RMB hostel room in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China. May 7, 2010.