Life in the frozen extremes

In Norilsk, Russia, temperatures plummet to -40°C in December and there are 130 days of snowstorms per year. In Vyksa, in the Nizhny Novgorod oblast, swimming club members take to the icy waters all year round to strengthen their immune systems. At the most northerly point of the legendary North-East Passage, the sailors on MS Fedor Ushakov brave the polar winds and cut through the ice floe to open a channel between Murmansk and Cape Dezhnev. Elena Chernyshova’s work is a journey deep into the night and the cold. As climate change alters the seasons and transforms our planet’s ecosystems, the Russian photographer sought to record the lives of these men and women who have learned to cope with hostile conditions and the deafening silence of the frozen extremes.

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