Today’s photographer is Porter Yates, whose work I noticed on EyeEm. He was was born in Santa Fe, NM, has worked in Colorado’s oil industry and researched sustainable heating technology during a residency in China. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn where he’s turned his travel photography hobby into a successful career.
Throughout his work, Yates’ interest in the varying levels of connection between himself and the people he encounters is his primary theme. He looks to reveal universal elements that express the human condition, while capturing people’s relationships to their community and environment. He has traveled extensively to Asia, Europe and the Americas, securing inspiration in the beauty and uniqueness of these places and their culture. For Yates, venturing into remote areas and introducing himself into new communities has led him to question what it means to be an outsider, what it means to be part of a culture or community, and how people connect to the world.
In this series, Yates travelled to West Papua during a trip to Indonesia in 2013 where he captured the largest tribe of the Papuan Highlands known as the Dani.
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