Name: Timur Akhmetov

Age: 34

Profession: Ecologist

City/Region: Chukotka

How long have you been doing photography? What style or genre most interests you? I started doing photography in school, as part of a "tourists circle." Since now I work more in sport tourism, than in ethnographic tourism, that is the genre I photograph now. I would like to get more involved in documentary photography, but so far nothing has come of it.

Can you give us a short description of your city and where your photos are from? I have contributed photos from three locations: the Kupol gold mine – the largest such mine in Chukotka; the winter road; and in Anadyr, the capital of the Chukotka Autonomous Republic.

What is something about your city that only locals would know? Chukotka is where the world's day begins. Chukotka has the places where the 180 degree [longitudial] meridian meets the Arctic Circle – a rather unique geographic point. Chukotka is home to the easternmost point in Russia – Cape Dezhnev.

Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city? We don't really have sites, per se. Basically, all our cultural monuments are connected to local populations, nature and culture, borne out of these three things' connectedness. But it is totally worth traveling here to see the way of life of a native population which has been preserved to the present day, one that lives off reindeer herding and harpoon hunting of sea mammals.


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