XXXVIII. Siberia - Anabar District

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I’m determined to show the world how beautiful, it really is here – and that requires the magic of light.

Dolgan

Dolgan

Siberia

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The Dolgan people live at what feels like the end of the world, on icy white plains that stretch out as far as the eye can see. Throughout the long, hard winter, they migrate across the permafrost of the Siberian Tundra, with their reindeer teams pulling their ski-borne mobile homes.

'I’m determined to show the world how beautiful it really is here – and that requires the magic of light.' Jimmy Nelson

Dolgan herders need to move on every few days in search of food for the reindeer. Any large objects the Dolgans own, such as the toilet house and storage unit, are built onto skis. Depending on the weather, each migration can take up to eight hours, with different reindeer teams used to pull the sledges each time to prevent exhaustion.