I took this picture this past summer at a small tractor and steam engine show in Pennsylvania. While a young amish boy was maintaining my dad’s engine alone, I asked him if I could take his picture. He jumped at the chance and I ended up capturing an image of the oldest 8 year old I’ve ever met.
In Kyrgystan, at the foothills of the Tien Shan mountains bordering China, a small settlement of Mennonites holds out. Centuries ago, their forefathers left the Netherlands and Germany in all directions. They fled from worldliness and went looking for better pastures to start anew a life according to their strict interpretation of the bible. A few pioneering families who went all the way to Central Asia found themselves trapped when the borders of the emerging Soviet Union got drawn. Despite harsh times, their descendants managed to preserve a good part of their culture, independence and religious beliefs.