The magazine of the photo-essay
August 2018 back issue
Frozen Travels in Yakutia
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by Sarah Michelle Riisager
Frozen is a visual poem from my travel in Yakutia, which also serves as a survey of this remote place that few of us are familiar with and many have not seen. Yakutia is a land of contrasts as the weather fluctuated between freezing and minus 60 degrees, the Yakutians I visited in their homes were warm and hospitable – showing me an openness and love I have rarely experienced before. I fell in love with the harsh nature, the cold and frozen landscape and above all, the people. I was fascinated by the way these young people grow up in villages with only 300 inhabitants and where the winter lasts for 9 months. In these closely-knit communities, people come together as they withdraw from the outside world en masse and form a unique communal bond, at the core of intimacy. My photography has always been both curious and sensitive. This curiosity is something I have chosen to explore, interpret, and share with the viewer. I want to be intimate with the people I meet, to really feel and discover them. I want
to fall in love standing right on the edge, embracing the uncertain. In my work I have always focused on being personal, intuitive, and humble. I focus on the relationship between people and being present – present in a world I find difficult to understand but also a world I want to understand. Frozen is an insight into my universe, a universe built on wonder, loneliness, love, and fascination. With this project I want to openly invite the viewer to partake in this journey and to share my universe so that they can create their own story within mine.
Spira and Lenya.
Ice Bird.
Ice Mine.
Pink door.
Lida and Olia.
Ice Sculpture.
Boy and Cat.
Boy and Cat.
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