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Matthieu Paley  Living it and then doing latergrams here, on IG Story when travelling • National Geographic photographer • @natgeo @natgeocreative


A counter viewpoint of the previous post, the same night. These are mostly camel herders. There is undeniably something beautiful about their life, but truth is that most of the women told me they wished easy access to school for their kids - so that they could eventually get away from this herding life. #Baluchistan #Iran

After 10 days without meeting anyone, we came across this nomadic tent, on the edge of the Lut desert. The chief sat next to his home under the stars, later offering me a golden pen. His tent felt like an extension of the hills in the distance. @geomagazin #iran #lutdesert #hottestplaceonearth

Lut Desert, Iran. I didn’t expect it. That’s one method to put a tire that came off the rim. When stuck on a desert slope, you could try and spray flammable gaz inside tire and light it on fire - the pressure did put tire back on. Hottest place in the world just got hotter, thanks for taking us there Bijan Jon 🔥🔥🔥 #itworked On assignment for @geomagazin

At night, he would set up this moth catcher and stay next to it, sucking moths into a tube. It took a while to control that word: lepidopterologist (from Greek scale and wing). So, it’s a pro on scales and wings, and this here is Hossein Rajaei, one of the lovely Iranian scientist on that expedition across the Lut desert, the hottest place in the world. He studies moths and butterflies and has traveled the world for this. He had knee pads and sometimes would wear yellow night vision glasses, crazed eyes hoping for a new species. He reminded me of the guy from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He would stay up late, feeding his passion while I crawled into my sleeping bag. When I lost my shoes, he gave me his pair of slippers. Thanks Hossein Jon! #iran #lutdesert #hottestplace #lepidopterologist @geomagazin

A group of Iranian scientists measure the temperature in the world’s hottest place, the Lut Desert in Iran - on this expedition, they recorded 78.2 degrees Celsius (172.7 Fahrenheit) 🔥🔥🔥. “The Earth’s hot deserts such as the Sahara, the Gobi, the Sonoran, and the Lut are climatically harsh and so remote that access for routine measurements and maintenance of a weather station is impractical,” says David Mildrexler at the University of Montana. “The majority of Earth’s hottest spots are simply not being directly measured by ground-based instruments.” That's where satellites come in. Orbiting instruments can scan every parcel of the planet's surface and fill in the gaps in global temperature measurements. In their analysis, scientists scrutinized global measurements of land “skin” temperatures from 2003 to 2009. As opposed to air temperatures, which are measured 1.5 to 2 meters above the ground, land skin temperatures reflect the pure heating of a parcel of ground by radiation from the sun, the atmosphere, and other heat flows. In five of the seven years—2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009—the highest surface temperature on Earth was found in the Lut Desert." On assignment for @geomagazin #lutdesert #iran

From my trip crossing India by train. Last but not least: my favorite Chai wallah comes by to offer his goods… We were some of his best customers!

From tongue scraper to a guy who brushes his teeth. Not any guy. This is my dearest friend Simone @direancreations . We crossed India together in that train. How lucky I am to have friends that are ready to rough it with me. I met Simone many years ago (2000?) in North Pakistan, a mountain place that united us. Kindest human being with a directness in his speech - no talking around the bush, no faking, I like that, there is nothing better than honesty in friendship. @natgeocreative - on assignment for @natgeotravel #italianstyle

Q-tips, chewing tabacco, toothpaste and tongue scrapers - the type with a non gaging cleaning span apparently. Have you ever tried it? A strange thing, am fine with just brushing my teeth; fair enough, the tongue does accumulate stuff. We talked, i might have touched his moustache. i love talking and body language, he had that in him. @natgeocreative #onassignment #tonguescraper @natgeotravel

I just sat there, escaping the heat and soon enough the slow stream of peddlers would start again, popping into my train compartment (no doors) with all sorts of unusual offerings: chai, mangoes, a long puff of air freshener, chain locks, books (lots of Steven Hawking), sweet paan made on the spot, powerbank and weird fuzzy fluorescent handbags. I ended up doing a series on it, trying to be at the same spot with my camera, elbows locked on the tiny table, back leaning hard against the window, shaken around. The hard working new comer makes his way down the compartment shouting away what incredible deals he has on offer. I wait in impatience for the curtain to open and the theatre of life to unravel. That would usually start around 4.30 am... This “baba”came in with bead necklaces and bracelets on offer - soon, he jumped out of the train. Good thing often happen during "down time”, I think flirting with boredom is good for the creative part of the brain, but aren’t we losing the art of boredom? #traintravel #india #onassignment for @natgeotravel @natgeocreative

After many years of preparation and planning, this family is moving from Tamil Nadu to Assam province — the two geographical extremes of India, a 5 days train journey. They will take over the christian missionary work started by their ageing parents. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #traintravel

After months of working away from their homes and families - all for a better pay - labourers return to north india, a 5 days train journey. Incredible how families, all over the world, get split for months or years, all for the pursuit of money; there is often not much alternative. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #traintravel

The emergency window - it’s the one without bars, the one where you might be able to climb illegally into the train, or escape in times of trouble; or stick your head out, let your mind wander. It's that thoughtful opening, the lawless one embracing the many horizons. #soulsearching @natgeocreative @natgeotravel

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