In this place winter lives whole year even though summer and sun outside.
In Yakutsk (the capital of Republic Sakha(Yakutia), Russian Federation) winter lives whole year in the Kingdom Of Permafrost. This “kingdom” isn’t a joke or even fiction but quite real object of tourist interest. This is artificial grotto into the Chochur-Muran Mountain in the thickness of permafrost. Chochur-Muran Mountain is a sacred place for Sakha people and situated about 7 km. from Yakutsk. Metaphrase – “pointed or bold mound”. This mountain is a ritual and sacred place where various devotions concerned with people’s traditions is take place.
Here in every season the temperature is about -10 °C (14 °F). Because of local natural conditions and existence of this unique construction ice sculptures can hold its shapes for very long time. The main place in this underground fairyland of ice ranks is the “residence” of keeper of cold – Chyyshaan. It’s composed of his throne-room and even chancellery with ice computer. You can also watch the other wonderful ice sculptures there: Buddha, Shiva, Neptune, deer’s, ice-run, fishes and so on. In the end of excursion I was pleased with offer to warm up myself with mulled wine along with “stroganina” (sliced frozen broad whitefish) served on ice dish a la sturgeon at the ice-bar stand.
Not far from this magical ice cave I spent the rest of the evening in ethnographical and entertaining complex with the same name – Chochur-Muran. I particularly fascinated of its cosy restaurant. It provides Sakha(Yakut), North and Russian cuisine. Our meal was forestalled with “algys” – sakha blessing and wishes. Shaman-lady splashed koumiss and thick pancakes into the fire of “kamelek”(sakha small fire-place) and we did the same. I strongly recommend tasting Indigirka salad (sliced frozen salted fish, onion, black pepper and oil) as a starter… it’s great with some vodka cups! And don’t miss the farm of sakha husky (Kolyma-Indigirka Eskimo dog) in the courtyard!
Every year, just a few weeks before summer, I dedicate a series of photos to the joy of living outdoors in this good season. One of the most common pleasures is taking one's socks and shoes off to feel the first warm rays of sun on our pale feet, which were prisoners inside shoes throughout the long winter season. So, it's time to take off your socks and shoes and relax barefoot! Where? Of course, on the walls surrounding the beautiful lake! Take a look!
Every year I get the winter blues. I start imagining the feel of the sunrays, ice cold beer after a long summer day, and the endless hours spent on the beach. I have captured moments, memories, and dreams this year, which is my favorite thing to do. This is a short version and visual diary of my year 2014.
The cold weather is steadily creeping in at Lomography HQ in Vienna. It filled us with nostalgic joy to discover a whole new selection of wonderful end-of-Summer photos taken with the LC-A 120 throughout the Austrian countryside by our colleague Dream. If you also have the early winter blues, this fantastic gallery should help soothe the pain!
Did you catch the solar eclipse that happened recently? Word on the street is that it even resulted in a total eclipse in some areas of Europe, making it a pretty rare occasion for the folks that got to see it! We're guessing that some of you even had your cameras to catch the whole shebang on film — which is why we're throwing a competition for the best eclipse and sun inspired shots out there. Come on in and check out the details!
<i>Editor's Note: The past several years saw <b><a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/maliha">Maliha</a></b> frequently moving from one place to another, a sort of nomad who likes the thrill of starting anew and finding her place in every city she stays at. In the last decade she has spent in the USA, Maliha has stayed at six different cities in five different states. Currently, Maliha is based in Denver, Colorado, and "Transient Living," a new series in the Lomography magazine, documents her experiences and the ways that she has come to call this city her home.</i>
In New York City, winter has been harsh and long, the nights long and cold, and shooting outside is not fun anymore. So when the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition hit the shelves this week and the new Splitzer arrived at the Lomography Gallery Store New York, we decided to do a round of light painting portraits instead of sunny ones.
We're bringing out a few of our favorite cameras this month for some special summertime workshops! Cool off in the air conditioned store while learning all about the Lomokino and Lubitel before heading out in the summer sun to capture this beautiful city!
In this new series, we talk to film fanatics from all around the United Kingdom about their passion for film photography and the best places to shoot in their hometown. Today, we meet David Morrow from Warwickshire.