Matthieu Rivart@matthieu.rivart.official

• Travel photographer 📷
• From wildlife to vanishing cultures, each picture tells its own story 🎎🦁
• World explorer 🌍
• International awards winner 🏆

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The magic of leopard encounter, South Africa, 2018
"While the lion impresses the human observer through its size and strength and the cheetah thrills us with its speed and grace, the leopard is a sublime mixture of power and suppleness, so beautiful yet so mysterious that it is hard to describe the effect it has on visitors". J.Scott

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Kruger National Park

The lost Nirvana, Ladakh India.

Sharing with you a last shot of my portfolio of Ladakh that made me finalist of the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 competition.

I was walking down the valley when I finally saw Diskit monastery on the mountain.
Its white buildings were standing at the edge of a crevasse, and I realized that I would benefit from the sunset light if I climbed on the other side of the rift.
I began the ascent, slowly, but the sun was vanishing faster than I could climb the mountain. So I dropped my bags and started running.
I ultimately reached the summit and had enough time to take some pictures.
A few seconds later, I felt so dizzy I had to lie down on the rocks. The altitude was teaching my body to stay humble when meeting the gods of the mountain.
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Ladakh, India

For me travel means walking: no timetable, no train or bus to catch. An absolute feeling of being the master of my own time.
During my trip through the Indian side of Himalaya, I stopped by the isolated monastery of Phuktal.
There, I would share the daily life of the monks.
What I first thought would be a mere landmark of my trip actually became one of its highlights, and I extended my stay in the monastery by a few days.
Everyday I would share meals with the young novices, on the terrasse overlooking the valley.
I’ll never forget the smiles and laughs of the kids asking me for a few words in French.

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Phuktal Monastery

The Nubra valley is in the far north of India.
From there, one can feel the breeze coming from Tibet, and I could not help dreaming of the legends of the mystical land.

I sat there for quite a moment and at one point an old woman joined me. She was standing by the edge, contemplating the landscape in silence. She did not pay attention to the foreigner, she looked like absorbed by the beauty of her homeland.
At that moment I understood how happy I was when I was carrying my bag of clothes and my camera, wandering through the Land of Winds and Summits.
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Ladakh, India

I’ve always loved the atmosphere of buddhist monasteries. In my mind, they stand like shelters away from the buzz of our cities, the noise of our roads, the speed of our lives.
Life there is not dictated by the minutes, but by the rhythm of cosmos. While speed is the key indicator of western world, Himalaya has turned slowness into a virtue.
No clock, no alarm…. Days are guided by the sun light, the soup time and the morning prays.
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Ladakh, India

“Prayers in the wind”, India.

Just like in 2016, one of my best achievements in 2017 was to be finalist of the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), in both categories “Single Shot” and “Portfolio”.
For the Portfolio, I entered a serie from my trip through Himalaya. Probably my best trip ever!
To start the new year, I’ll share with you several photos of that portfolio.
To wish my followers a great year 2018, let’s start with those prayer flags that local people and climbers leave on top of summits, for the wind to carry their prayers through the mountains and valleys.
Nothing compares to climbing a mountain, sitting at the summit and enjoying the view.
The ascent is a travel on its own, a way to explore our own inside life.
The effort of the walk multiplied the feeling and the senses, to some extend that the wanderer can hear in the wind the prays of those who climbed the summit before him.
May your wishes come true in 2018!
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Ladakh, India

Thank you for your support during the whole year 2017.
Already feel excited about 2018, the travel projects and all the pictures I'll share with you!
All the best for the New Year!

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A last shot from that unique afternoon in north Kruger, where I spent hours watching lion cubs playing around!
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@southafrica 2017
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Kruger Park

Great honour to have a photo reposted today by National Geographic #natgeoyourshot.
"The magic of African skies", #southafrica 2017.
"Now, being in Africa, I was hungry for more of it, the changes of the seasons, the rains with no need to travel, the discomforts that you paid to make it real, the names of the trees, of the small animals, and all the birds, to know the language and have time to be in it and to move slowly".
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Kruger Park