Palani Mohan is a photographer who has captured astounding images of the Altai Kazakh eagle hunters: a small community based in Mongolia who use eagles to find and hunt their prey.
Mohan first became intrigued with the Altai Kazakh eagle hunters when he found an image in a newspaper. "I saw a picture of a man standing on top of a mountain in a faraway place with a golden eagle in his hand. It was an incredible image, I've never forgotten that photograph."
Upon arrival, he became aware of the culture and story of the eagle hunters. "I just wanted to photograph these guys. But soon after I got there I realized there was a bigger story there that needed to be told."
Decades later, Maloni received an e-mail notification about a flight route from Hong Kong -- where he is currently based -- to Mongolia. "I just took off with very little planning, and just went. I didn't really know what the story was and why I was going there."
According to Mohan, there are very few "real" eagle hunters alive today. "They're getting old, and each winter claims a few more."
"I thought, wouldn't it be great to go and try to photograph all of them. So that was really the anchor of the project really, that was the reason why I wanted to do it."
Mongolia hosts several eagle festivals, and there are opportunities to photograph men with golden eagles at these events, but according to Mohan these are not true eagle hunters. "Just because you have an eagle doesn't mean you're an eagle hunter."
Mohan points out that real eagle hunters would actually avoid these festivals out of concern for their eagles. "They don't want to put their eagles through the hardships of bringing it to a very noise-polluted environment, so they don't even turn up."
Instead, he has to go to them. "I spent a long time researching and trying to find who they are. I lived with many of them."
The majority of eagle hunting takes place during winter months, so in order to capture these moments Mohan had to endure harsh conditions. "It's brutally beautiful but a brutally harsh environment."
"My hands were frozen, my feet were just a mess. I'm from Madras in India, I'm not built for the cold climate and I'm mainly a vegetarian. I was all kind of wrong for this project. That was part of the challenge."
But for Mohan, enduring the ruthless conditions was wroth the opportunity to capture these eagle hunters in their natural environment. "I hope people understand that people like this still live and it's not just something from a museum."
But Mohan is concerned about how long the eagle hunters will last. "The young generation don't really want to be eagle hunters anymore. They want to wear jeans, listen to music, go to the capital -- all the things teenagers want."
"It really is a privilege to be allowed into their homes and their life and I made friends. They found me incredibly eccentric, they didn't understand who I was, why I kept leaving my family and coming back to the cold."
"I hope that when I return with a copy of the book, I'll get it translated to Kazakh, and then maybe they will get a better understanding on why I was there all this time."