“The Outsider” is a photographic record of my personal journey through Mongolia in 2014 and 2015. A need for spaciousness, providence and traditional living led me to pick out a dot on a map and travel to that location without a concrete plan.

It can be a transformative experience to refrain from filling up the space with what we know and want and instead embrace what is actually around us. These photographs are simply an extension of relationships formed from this place. Rather than receiving news from the outside world, it seems that a fresh internal experience of life is what truly connects us. No matter the distance, a leap outside the comfort of what we know can bridge the gap between people.

—John Feely

Editors’ Note: Feely’s project was recognized by the jury of the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016—don’t miss the work from all 50 of these outstanding, international talents!

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like one of these previous features: The Good Earth, sweeping images of the Mongolian landscape; Mongolia—Intimate Portrait of a Far-Off Land, a 15-year long (and counting) portrait of the country; and Mongolian Disco, an series on the impact of a rapidly growing economy on the traditional Mongolian lifestyle.