In the distant past when different groups of early humans moved away from their origin, the Rift Valley, and set foot on different parts of the world, formed their own unique lifestyle according to the ecosystem of their new homelands. Some of these groups have grown rapidly over time and now live in modern, industrial cities, while others continue to make their living in remote tribes and villages, and many families remain between these two groups and live in small and medium-sized cities.

 Turkana County in northwest Kenya - November 2012 - Photo by Taha Ghouchkanlu

Each of these peoples has its own culture and traditions, some of which are very ancient and some have emerged in recent centuries. Throughout history with the expansion of different societies, these traditions have changed and mixed with each other, but the depth of these differences is still very obvious. There is no right or wrong, and there is no better or worse, each of these cultures has its own charm. One of the things that makes the subject interesting for us is these differences, exactly what we have either not seen or seen not much.

As technology and industrial life grow, the boundaries of traditional and primitive life and customs are receding; The whole path that people living in cities and towns have taken for centuries, the people of primitive tribes and remote villages, has only been encountered for decades. Signs of urban life, such as mobiles, are now widely used in some tribes who have not even seen the telephone and its evolution. Perhaps at no point in history has there been such a deep gap between modern and traditional life.

Bhaktapur in Nepal - November 2017 - Photo by Taha Ghouchkanlu

The sudden encounter of modern and traditional life is inevitable, but the way in which modern culture and elements enter and influence the lives of traditional, undeveloped and even developing peoples is very important. Because all communities right to have equal access to resources, food, water, health, education and the other thing, every community needs to develop and benefit from the facilities and some elements of urban life, but to enter these communities need to sufficient knowledge of the lives of many of these nations, which in turn requires data, analysis, study, needs assessment, and purposeful action, and this is a debate whose concerns can be seen in guiding sustainable development ideals and many other issues. But along with this growth and development, the preservation of the environment and cultural originality must be of great importance.

We are all under one vastness sky, we are one family and one nation.

We should not forget that in spite of all the differences and fast growth of mentioned developments human nature is the same, no matter how different in its way and the result. To demonstrate it, we need a philosophy and a reason, what philosophy and reason is better than the "night sky and stars". The one who remembers all the developments of our earth and all its signs have long played a role in the lives of all nations. The same sky who still take their loved ones out of the cities and domes of light pollution to see exactly what their predecessors saw by looking at this amazing nature, and with a few hours’ delay, to see what different tribes have seen elsewhere. It is true; We are all under one vastness sky, we are one family and one nation.

Project Summery

This project has two phases and in each phase 15 family lives photographs and documents. The estimated time to complete each phase of the project will be three to four years. In considering concerns and issues mentioned in the induction, we decided to do our best to start Solidarity among Nations project in December 2020. In this project, by photographing and making documentary collection of the lifestyles of numbers of indigenous peoples all over the Earth, while showing the culture and traditions of each, looking for the signs and effects of modern life among them.

Based on the unique storyline of each family,

Based on the unique storyline of each family, it also looks at the current situation of different ethnic groups to access safe water, sufficient food, quality of education, gender equality and environmental change in the margins of their living places which all of them are parts of important data of the related projects. Beside documenting photos and videos, we will take some photos of each family at their living place under the night sky. Finally, these images are the connecting point of the whole set, to show the unity of all nations without any geographical and political boundaries that exist

Studio portraits

Also, we will take some studio portraits with one theme and one pattern also with a simple background from the faces of the whole family to avoid any additional elements that reduce the connection between the faces and the audience, and by using studio lighting to have the same effect and appeal of studio images of today's people so that everyone benefits from a standard in this comparison.

Books and Exhibitions

The first phase of the project began in December 2020 , with a trip to Kenya and living with the Masai people of Oloropil (a small village on the outskirts of the Masai Mara National Park), and will be completed by the end of 2024, if the necessary financial resources are available to advance the project. During the project and before one year passing from its completion, 15 episodes of the long story documentary series of the project will be published. Also at the end of each phase, a photo gallery will be held and the photos of the project will be on public display in a number of countries on all six continents. An exquisite book with the same name and including photos of each family and their own story will be published as English and maybe other languages. After two years from the completion of the first phase and the publication of the subject discussed, the second phase of the project will be done in the same way as the first phase.