2017 Photography Workshops
In winter Lake Baikal turns into a fairy-tale-like place. That’s the time when you can admire its clear and snowless ice surface stretching out to the horizon. Here and there you’ll see ice formations of the unique blue color that can’t be found in the rest of the world. There’re also cracks on the lake creating stunning patterns on the clear ice field. Photographers will take a great interest in swashes frozen on stones, mountains and grottos that now look like a crystal palace. That’s where we’re going to hold our photography workshop!
For a start, we’ll go along the Kolyma Highway. This route was built by inmates of the infamous ‘Gulag’ (USSR). A few years ago the highway was opened for a year-round use. Immense and picturesque landscapes around the Kolyma Highway are still poorly captured in photos.
Then we’ll continue our photography workshop in a rather unique place that is little-known in Russia and is simply unheard in the rest of the world! I’m talking about the Stone Warriors that are located not fat from Oymyakon – the coldest inhabited location on Earth (don’t worry, we’ll make our journey in summer). These large stone monuments have distinct human features and even their own character!
Who wouldn’t like to visit Yakutia? There’re enough fine words to describe this region – it’s the world’s largest territory, the coldest inhabited area, and many other “most” titles. We’ll give you the opportunity to get not only to Yakutia but to Momsky National Park! We’ll also go boating through perfectly pristine taiga and see the world’s biggest river ice-slick.
What’s more, you’ll get the chance to take part in rites and ceremonies of the indigenous people of Yakutia. While participating in sports fishing, you’ll be able to get yourself a unique trophy – the grayling or lenok (traditional Yakutian fish)!
Here we’ll combine a photography workshop and an ethnographic tour to the Russian Caucasus. Traveling through the mountains will take place in the best season, which is early fall. It’s the time for brightness when all possible hues of red, yellow and green make amazing color combinations.
We’ll go to the Caucasus Mountains and visit Alaniya National Park. There you’ll be able to learn more about the Digor and Ossetian culture, history and way of life. We’ll stay in old mountainous villages with locals. You’ll also manage to take pictures of yaks, which graze across the mountains.