Yakutsk, in eastern Siberia, is one of the world’s coldest cities; temperatures in January average -40C.
Image Credit: Photographs by Alex Vasyliev.
Alex Vasyliev started photographing his cold and isolated home town to stave off tedium. “I did not always want to shoot here. Yakutsk seemed unbearably boring and ugly to me. But in this boredom and unattractiveness, I find charm,” he says.
“I like to shoot things that others criticise – ugly streets, parking lots, gas stations, old playgrounds, ordinary people.”
The region’s icy conditions feature heavily in his work, which captures the harsh reality of life so far below zero.
“Russia is a completely different world. Local people are accustomed to such conditions, but living in the winter is hard here,” he says. “Cold steals our energy. Life stops.”
Main image: Courtesy of EyeEm Photographer of the Year 2017, eighteen year old Sasha Dudkina from Moscow, Russia.
Creative community EyeEm has announced the winners of its annual photography competition, which received over 590,000 submissions from more than 88,000 photographers in over 150 countries in just under six weeks – making it the world’s largest photography competition.
The six category winners and 2017 EyeEm Photographer of the Year were revealed during the fourth annual EyeEm Photography Festival and Awards in Berlin
The six category winners can be seen by clicking The Creative Boom Link below:
“The EyeEm Awards aim to discover and showcase new talents from around the world,” said Madeline Dudley-Yates, lead curator for the Awards.
“We always look for images that tell strong stories above anything else, and this year’s finalists were all rich with an incredible variety of stories and concepts.