An elder of the Kalash people at the annual spring festival of Chillam Josh. The isolated Kalash Valley in Chitral has helped to preserve this ancient tribe’s culture and practices.
Hazrat Hussein runs a small tea stop in Bamboret, Chitral. This is the where the majority of the pagan Kalashi people live. However, as evident from his name, Hussein is a Muslim. It wasn’t clear if he was once Kalash himself, but more likely he migrated here from surrounding areas of Chitral or elsewhere in the greater Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. His shop was close to the place we were staying at so we passed by it every time we went out.
His fair skin, light hair and blue-gray eyes really set him apart from most other locals (as Stuart pointed out, he could easily have passed off as an Irishman). However, it was his kindness and sincerity that won us over. We asked him where we could find walnut bread, a local specialty, to which his response was to have it especially baked at his home and brought to us. Went really nicely with salted milk tea.
This is Irshad, a local boy from Malam Jabba, the more famous of Pakistan’s ski resort. He sells snacks to tourists that are starting to return after years of unrest. Many people I have met from this region have distinct features, such as gray or green eyes.
The resort is situated in the Swat Valley which was occupied by the Taliban in the 2000s. They used bombs to destroy the main hotel and ski lifts and harassed the locals to the point that they asked the government and the military to intervene.
This area was liberated after the 2009 operation by the Pakistani Army and the once booming tourist attraction is open for business again.
Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest, most mineral-rich and least explored province. Its population consists of a number of different tribes with unique traditions and dresses.
Here is a Baloch, adorned in traditional robes and headgear.
In an early morning photo shoot last winter, we found quite a few interesting sights.
This tea seller was serving hot, steaming tea to locals gathered for breakfast in the old bazaars of Rawalpindi.
A visit to Islamabad’s Sunday Bazaar yielded this beautiful sight.
Captured this beautiful sight of an elderly man relaxing in the morning sunlight.
Spotted this mass of colors in Islamabad, while coming back from a photo shoot some time back.
These inflatable toys may seem uninteresting on their own, but combined with a few dozen others of their kind, they form a lovely rainbow on wheels.