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'Mongolia!' Video: Teens Document Experience Taking Polaroid Pictures In Rural Mongola

Mongolia

First Posted: 09/20/11 08:52 PM ET Updated: 11/30/11 03:28 PM ET

Do you remember the first time you held a picture of yourself?

Vanessa Hollander and Wilson Philippe, two teenage photographers, spent 10 days this summer riding a motorcycle through rural Mongolia and documenting their adventure, and one of the videos they made shows kids doing just that.

From their Vimeo page:

while researching mongolia prior to our trip, we found out that most of the natives love having photographs taken of themselves. most nomadic mongolians have never had a polaroid to keep of themselves before, so we decided to bring a bunch of polaroid film along on our motorcycles so each local we met along the way could have a picture to keep of him or herself!

Some media organizations have reported that the video depicts people reacting to seeing pictures of themselves for the first time. One of the Wiissa duo, however, clarified this in a comment on their Vimeo page: "...these were mostly kids that we gave photographs to, and these children told us that this was the first picture they had printed of themselves (it was translated by someone with us who spoke both languages)."

In the end, it's just a pretty cool video, and it will probably bring a smile to your face.

Watch: "Mongolia!"

Read more about their experience making the video on their Vimeo page.

mongolia! from wiissa on Vimeo.

Via Gizmodo

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