eleanormoseman Eleanor Moseman

Eleanor Moseman is an American photographer and writer that has been based in China since 2009.

She graduated with a BFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and went on to New York City where she assisted world renowned photographers.

After moving to China, she pursued long term photojournalism projects primarily among the borderlands of China such as Tibet and Xinjiang.

These particular areas are noted to be politically sensitive but because of Eleanor's language abilities, cultural understanding, and a valid work permit she is able to undergo projects and assignments by herself.

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Ekas: bay of men
Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
05 Mar 2016

Lombok is one of the 17,508 islands that make up the Southeast Asia country of Indonesia, set between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. There is little known history of Lombok before the seventeenth century as it was compiled by feuding states, each being governed by a Sasak prince. Around 85% of the island's indigenous people are Sasak and this ethnic minority converted to Islam in the late 16th century.

In the far southeast of the island of Lombok, there is a small fishing village called Ekas, taking its name from the bay that it lies nestled in. The locals estimate that there are about 2000 residents of this village that is made up of fishermen and their families. When the men aren't fishing in the early morning and before sunset, they are generally working on their boats and many surf the waves of world famous surf spots. The women will take care of household chores and tend to the children throughout the days. 

More available on request.

 

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Bangladesh circus: spectator & entert...
Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
30 Apr 2016

With a population of more than 150 million people, Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries. It's estimated that approximately a quarter of the population lives below the national poverty line of $2 USD a day. The traveling circus of Bangladesh provides entertainment and a place for friends and family to enjoy and appreciate time together. The circus also provides employment and community to entertainers and outcasts, whether because of social, cultural, or physical reasons.

More information if requested and detailed image captions.

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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 Faces of Bangladesh Garment Workers
By Eleanor Moseman
29 Jan 2014

Bangladesh's garment industry made headlines on April 24, 2013 because of the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, a sub district of Dhaka. Even before the death of an estimated 1,100 people last April, there have been incidents before the one making headlines. In November of 2012, a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed at least 112 people. Charred shorts with the label of one of North America's largest retail brand was found among the remains. Only 5% of textile factories are owned by foreign investors, with most of the production being controlled by local investors. Textiles account for 80% of the country's exports.

Since the most recent deadly incident, it has become extremely difficult to obtain access to factories as most managers are very suspicious of journalists, foreign or local. In January of this year, these portraits were made at a tee-shirt factory work camp near Gazipur, north of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. The factory is only a three minute walk from the shacks these migrant workers call “home”.

These are the faces of the people, and their families, behind the tag that reads “Made In Bangladesh”. Many children and young adults have already spent nearly their entire life within these camps that are reminiscent of refugee structures. Young women are living alone, often without any family members and even absent from their husband and children. If a woman or husband is lucky enough to have their spouse present, they must reside in different areas of the camp to prevent problems arising between the sexes. Often entire families live within these camps and as the parents split day and evening shifts, because factories run 24 hours, children will take on the responsibilites of caring for the younger.

The stories of these people are very common among the people of Bangladesh. It was estimated in 2013 that approximately 4 million of the country's 156 million people are employed in the $19 billion-a-year industry. It is not only the working conditions that need to be improved, but also the living conditions that these people must go home to, to rest for the next day of work. Their living quarters are nothing more than slums with a few guards and a manager to look over the employees.

These are the faces of those that are injured, and at times die, in poor conditions to clothe the world.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
27 Feb 2016

As the first light of day rises over the village of Ekas, a family collects nyale, a sea worm that comes to the southern coast of Lombok once a year and is part of the activities of the most important holiday of Sasak culture.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
29 Feb 2016

Rumaji, a local fisherman of Ekas, pulls his nets in after sunrise to find his daily catch that will feed his family for the days to come. This small remote fishing village still remains completely self-sufficient with little need for resources further close to cities.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
02 Mar 2016

As night falls with Mount Rinjani in the distance, the village leader's son plays with the trash left behind the fisherman along the banks of Ekas bay. The village becomes very lively as everyone enjoys the sunset, the cool air, and the ending of another day of simple hard labor.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
02 Mar 2016

Teens take some time out during the day to hang out, play music, or watch the sea from the shore. It's time to spend with friends or alone, as much time is spent fishing or surfing in the world famous waters of Indonesia.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
27 Feb 2016

Left: Marine worms called "Nyale" come to certain beaches of southern Lombok to spawn once a year. The legend says that after Princess Mandalika jumped from the cliffs to save the island from war, her people searched the tidal flats below but only found nyale marine worms, which they believed were the magical infestation of her beautiful hair. Right: Ice is sold at the largest fish market on the island of Lombok to keep the fish fresh and able to transport across the island.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
05 Mar 2016

A man and the female family members harvest green peanuts, one of Lombok's crops, that are grown along the southern tip of Ekas.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
25 Feb 2016

About a kilometer into the bay of Ekas, there is a single fish farm where most of the fish are exported to China and islands settled further north of the Indian Ocean.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
24 Feb 2016

A young shepherd turns his attention away from his flock of sheep to watch a group of local surfers along the horizon of the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
26 Feb 2016

During the annual Sasak festival, Bau Nyale, men will perform peresean which is traditional stick fighting competition. This may represent the story how many kingdoms ago, Princess Mandalika had numerous suitors fighting for her hand in marriage. To prevent war and death on the beautiful and peaceful island of Lombok, she threw herself off the seaside cliffs to her death.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
25 Feb 2016

A fisherman, his wife, and child pass to drop their fishing nets for the evening as Rumaji reuses a plastic bag to funnel petrol into the rudimentary internal combustion engine so the boat can return to the village of Ekas.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
02 Mar 2016

During the day, women take care of the children while tending to other household chores. This boy will surely grow up to be a fisherman, and perhaps a surfer, in the village of Ekas.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
24 Feb 2016

While laboring over parts to repair fishing boats, the men of Ekas find ways to keep spirits high with jokes and laughter among themselves.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Feb 2016

After a night of sailing and fishing, men bring their boats to the shore of Lombok's largest fish market, Tanjung Luar. After sunrise, primarily women, and some men, will wade to meet the boats then bring the fish into the market to be sold.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
25 Feb 2016

Boys of fisherman living in the small Indonesian village of Ekas, cool off from the intense heat and play with miniature boats that were built with the help of their fathers.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
02 Mar 2016

Salman, a fisherman and the best surfer in the village of Ekas, sands his fishing boat that has been freshly pained with Sasak designs. Other men of the village work on a boat and mend nets close to the shore of the bay.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
25 Feb 2016

Sitting on a traditional "bruga", to shade from the sun and allow the ocean breeze to cross, the loser at a game of dominos must wear a stone tied to his ear with fishing line.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
24 Feb 2016

Jamal, a fisherman of Ekas Bay, uses zip ties to attach a new bamboo beam to help the balance of this fishing boat. During the day, most men will be repairing boats or nets. His sandals have been clipped to allow for more stability and control.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
25 Feb 2016

Sahram uses traditional tools for building fishing boats to carve a "gamboose" on the shore immediately after choosing and cutting the tree to be used for the traditional instrument. It will take an approximate week to make this 7 stringed instrument that will use a varied weight fishing line for strings.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
29 Feb 2016

Rumaji, a fisherman of the small village of Ekas, prepares his boat at sunrise to collect the fish from his nets. Mount Rinjani, Lombok's one active volcano, sits off into the distance.

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Ekas, Lombok
By Eleanor Moseman
27 Feb 2016

Men rest on the beach during the early morning of the Bau Nyale festival, a traditional holiday that occurs once a year on Lombok Island. It's a Sasak holiday that occurs for two days, on the 10th month of the Sasak calendar, and people travel to the southern coast for the festivities.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
03 Feb 2014

Spectators leave the circus for the evening, walking down some of the most hazardous roads in the world. Up to 70%of roadside accidents in Bangladesh involve pedestrians with over 21,000 deaths reported in 2012.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
03 Feb 2014

Ticket sellers count the cash for the days tickets while discussing with spectators when the next day's performance will begin.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
03 Feb 2014

Men await for the final ride of the motorbike stunt riders along the Wall of Death, also known as a silodrome.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
01 Feb 2014

Families take moments at the edge of the circus and await their family members that are spectators at other events.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

An animal trainer does a small performance with his monkey under a tent. When the monkey is not performing, the owner must reprimand locals for taunting the animal.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

A circus tent that is the temporary home of the female dancers and performers

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

Gambling, along with alcohol, is prohibited in Bangladesh but these men take the risks betting on a spinning wheel.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
01 Feb 2014

Families and friends enjoy time on a ferris wheel propelled by two men at the base pushing it through.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
01 Feb 2014

Excitement is obvious in every spectator along the Wall of Death.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

An albino magician that has been traveling with the circus for years. An outcast from society, he fits in with the other unique individuals making an earning by talents and obvious physical differences.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

A young man that is responsible for maintaining the bamboo poles to keep the Wall of Death upright takes a break to help care for the children living among the Circus.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

A man plays a drum set to accompany a singer under a tent in the traveling Bangladesh circus.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

A belly dancer performs provocatively among a full tent of men and boys. Some audience members attempt to grab her attention but rather distracting the men from the main performance.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

A belly dancer takes a moment to catch her breath after a performance. She lives among the circus absent from her husband and one child.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

A boy builds toys for sale in the traveling circus.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

A Hijra performer (transsexual) resting behind the stage after a singing performance under a tent of all men.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

Men make attempts to avoid purchasing tickets to watch a performance.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
01 Feb 2014

Two young women exit, precariously, down the steps from the Wall of Death.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
01 Feb 2014

A Wall of Death rider grabs for a 10 Taka note. This stunt rider has been riding for nearly 10 years without any accidents.

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Ghatail
By Eleanor Moseman
12 Feb 2014

Boys and men crowd to the ticket booth to purchase entrance to the Wall of Death.