No. 718

Impossible's Analog Travelog - Kamila Woynarska in Mongolia

Patrick Tobin, | Jan 30, 11:00 AM

Welcome back to Impossible’s Analog Travelog! In this series, we showcase fantastic Impossible photos taken on voyages the world over. This entry comes from Kamila Woynarska, who recently visited Mongolia and brought along some Impossible film

Mongolia has always been on my top 10 list of places to visit. I did not want to have any expectations before I went but part of me hoped I would find a country still unspoiled, with abundant wildlife and vast landscapes. My first two weeks in Mongolia were a bit of a disappointment though – the capital city turned out to be a very crowded and touristy place full of internet cafes, French bakeries and pricey restaurants. Fortunately, as soon as I left Ulan Bator and decided to continue my journey on the back of a horse, I discovered a true face of this magnificent country – very invigorating and exhilarating.

In the next two months, I was lucky enough to meet very hospitable nomad families living in traditional gear, see one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and swim in it naked (Lake Hobsghol) and sleep under the blue sky with nobody around within 100 miles. I also managed to fall off the horse more than three times, lose it with all of my belongings (fortunately retrieved with the help of a local and his motorbike) and get lost once completely. There were times when I had to ration my food and water because I knew I would not find a shop in the next couple of days, times when I was so exhausted that I just wanted to get back to my comfortable life back in the big city; but I do appreciate now that such an experience truly offers the chance to step back in time to a simpler age and way of life – you no longer trouble your mind with things like debts, mortgages or bills. You start your day and you think about three things: where to go next, where to sleep tonight and what to drink and eat.

You feel so close to the nature because you rely on it so much – the day starts with the sunlight and ends with the sunset – you need to adjust your plans according to the weather conditions and constantly look for the water supply for yourself and your horse. Never before I have felt so peaceful and alive at the same time. I can’t wait to go back.

I am very happy that I decided to take my SX-70 with me, as I truly believe only a Polaroid camera has the ability to capture the real beauty of Mongolia with its amazing views and unique atmosphere. I used PX 70 COOL film that was (especially on a horse) difficult to shield at first but I mastered it after a while.

About Kamila

I travel together with my boyfriend Michal, who is also a photographer. Our travel blog is www.jestenergia.com. We have been on the road for over 6 months now with no clear idea of when we want to go back to our home country. We are loving it.

Thanks to Kamila for taking part in Analog Travelog! To see more of her work, visit thewildlingwoman.tumblr.com.

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