REINDEER HERDERS OF KAMCHATKA
Jetting off the Russian mainland into the heart of the North Pacific, the Kamchatka Peninsula is home to true wild adventure. Vast forests, towering volcanoes and snowy crevasses cover this remote land. No roads lead to Kamchatka, the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy is the only realistic gateway into the Peninsula and from there there is one north leading road to the village of Esso. The Bystrinsky and Ichinsky districts surrounding Esso are home to the Even and Koryak people, traditional reindeer herders originating from the Sakha Republic and the Far East of Russia. Their territory is vast and is only reachable by snow mobile during the winter and horse or helicopter in the summer. For two weeks, we travelled by sled in pursuit of local Even reindeer herders living off the land throughout the winter months as they watch their herds. The following photo series documents our experiences in the tundra.
STORIES FROM THE ROAD
We were somewhere in the middle of Kamchatka's Ichinskiy District, over two hundred kilometres from the nearest road. Very few people live out here; there are next to no permanent human settlements, and the only way to get to this region is either by snowmobile or helicopter...