Jeff Lautenberger is a freelance editorial and commercial photographer and videographer based in Houston, Texas. Prior to moving to Texas in the fall of 2018, Jeff lived in York, Pennsylvania, where he was a founding visual storytelling contributor for Our York Media, a digital media and branded content company.
This series of nine diptychs explores my interpretations of visual similarities and differences in modern Mongolia between traditional rural steppe and developing city environments.
According to the BBC, approximately 40% of the population live nomadically in traditional yurts, and 33% call the capital city of Ulaanbaatar home. Because of this urban-rural disparity and the country’s huge geographic size, Mongolia has the lowest population density of any sovereign state in the world.
Ulaanbaatar's rapid urbanization and a nationwide economy based on industry and natural resource extraction has led to a deteriorating environment, air pollution and deforestation.