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One of many young men buried here, his image faded away. Walking through the graveyard really gives you a sense of how hard life was, and is here. Last photo. Sorry for posting so many. Chukotka is an incredible place that few outsiders get to see. Hope you enjoyed.
Hundreds of gas masks littered the floors of several buildings.
A hand painted poster reminding the workers of their duties slowly rots away.
Abandoned building #1.
"Welcome Communism" is written across the side of one many crumbling buildings in Provideniya. After finally getting back to the city from the hunter's camp, we ended up getting stranded for 7 days before the weather cleared and the airport let our plane land. I passed the time by exploring the half abandoned city.
Upon arriving back at the hunter's camp, we discovered that all the men had taken off on what would turn into a 3 day bender at a camp a few hours north. Vika took this photo of Niobe and I on the third day of our abandonment. Life in arctic Russia is one of the roughest I have witnessed. Alcoholism is responsible for many deaths. We learned that our favourite boat driver from last year had recently died. Apparently he had been drinking and wandered too close to a hawk's nest. He was found, barely alive, with his eyes gouged out and his face ripped off from repeated attacks by the hawk. He died on his way to the hospital. I was speechless.
Departing from the island at 1am. The boat ran out of gas at 2am and I fell asleep as the sun began to rise.
Setting up the jib. 110lbs of weights had to be carried up a cliff in our packs to balance it. 55lbs each + other gear :(
Kolia on the cliff collecting bird eggs from multiple nests. His life hangs on an old rope that four men hold tight at the top.There is only a brief window of time each year to gather the eggs before they hatch. Later we scrambled them over a fire. For Kolia, it means eating eggs once a year.
Kolia, our cliff climber. We had just arrived at our filming location on "Bird Island". Both his father, and grandfather, died at the age of 54. He was feeling confident that he wouldn't have an accident, now that he had turned 55. He wouldn't make the climb last year.
Vika, my new camera assist.
Back to the whale graveyard.
The hunter's camp.
Back to the beginning, as we headed out onto the tundra towards the hunter's camp.
Provideniya, Russia. Home for the last week.
Your average apartment building in Provideniya. Half the city was abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
After two weeks in Chukotka, Russia, we have finally arrived one step closer to home. We spent the last 7days waiting for the skies to clear before we could fly out. Sorry for the latergrams. This was on the door of the town gym in Provideniya.
A herd of Muskox in Nome, Alaska. Flying over to Chukotka, Russia in a few hours. Hopefully.
The new view.
Sleepy sea turtle #kona
The Hōkūleʻa & Hikianalia, preparing to set out for the first stretch of their voyage,Tahiti. #hokulea @hokuleawwv
One more from the Hōkūleʻa. #hokulea @hokuleawwv
Had the honour of shooting on the Hōkūleʻa Hawaiian voyaging canoe as it crossed the Maui Channel yesterday. This is the beginning of a 47,000 mile voyage that will take the Hōkūleʻa to 26 countries over the next three years. They will be guided using ancient Polynesian wayfinding techniques, observing the stars, ocean, wind, and birds as mapping points for direction. You can follow their voyage at www.hokulea.com @hokuleawwv #hokulea
Nagra = beautiful, and impossible to part with. #thethingsyoufindwhilepacking
Microcassette = Timeless :)
MiniDisc = Obsolete :(
Selfie from a few years back.
It is finished. Stay tuned.#thewetsecrets
Spent the day at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo. Many of the artifacts from Thor Heyerdahl's adventures on Easter Island, like this one, are hidden away in the basement. That's where we spent much of the day.
Bakken - The world's oldest amusement park.
Home of Finn Juhl
My favourite little hotel in Copenhagen.
New video coming soon! #thewetsecrets
Log church in Anadyr.
Last photo from the tank. We will be giving a presentation / talk about our travels over the last year as part of FAVA Fest this Thursday @ 7pm in the Ortona Room. See fava.ca for more details.
Apparently this guy was being punished for being stubborn. They chained him to a spike, left the area, and said they'd come back for him in a few days. He didn't seem too concerned.
As harsh as it can be, the arctic is undoubtedly my favourite landscape on earth.
Our gear tents. Yes, even a wall tent & coal burning stove can fly as checked luggage.
Little goes to waste here.
Night temperatures were dropping close to - 40 degrees. By the third night, we figured out the following combination: comfortably warm = 1 reindeer hide + insulated sleeping pad + -30C rated down sleeping bag + Canada Goose snow pants + down booties (w/ toe warmers) + merino wool base layer + toque.
Warmest snowsuit ever.
After two long days in the tank, we arrived at the reindeer herder camp.
Andre stopping for tea.
The view for hours and hours. The tank ride started at -10 and ended at about +40 celsius in the back. Was fun for the first 20 minutes.
Our production vehicle. A two day "drive" north to our location. No road, just tundra.
Back to the beginning of the trip. Anadyr, Russia. This is where the journey started. Sorry for the latergrams.
Road to the airport this morning.
Well, we're on our way home. Planned to fly back to Alaska this morning, but the flight was cancelled due to poor weather. Next flight to Nome wasn't for 4 days. Plan B was to fly out on the weekly flight to Moscow. That's where we sit now. Basically flying around the world to get back home.
Sitting in Nome, Alaska. Waiting to hear if the Russians will let us in.
Gearing up for the next shoot. Siberia.
Just passing through.
Claiming a time lapse camera that has been running since October.