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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.
Woke up to -36 at Assiniboine.
Kind of miss these guys. Thank you.
Last one. Sorry for the flood of pics. Sending warm thoughts to Edmonton.
The ride home.
Our production vehicle.
Santarowi preparing for a dive.
The barter market.
Our hero, Santarowi. At age 65 he is still an incredible free diver and demonstrates a beautiful connection with the ocean. He was predicting tides and the weather days in advance through pure observation. In his younger days, he could dive up to 100 meters on a single breath and stay under for up to 5 minutes.
A two year old boy floats through the village on a piece of styrofoam. It was amazing how comfortable these children were in the water. Traditionally, newborns are dipped in the ocean before taking their first breath.
Walkway to the stilted village corner store.
Our getaway boat.
Our security team consisted of 8 Marines at all times and a team of Navy Seals when on the water.
When you have no land to call your own, build on the water.
Just arrived back from an incredible week in Tawi Tawi, Philippines. We were the first film crew to ever shoot in the area, which has a long history of political instability and civil war. As a result of being in a conflict zone, the free diving culture we were there to document has remained relatively intact. Sorry for the latergrams.
Off to shoot below in Tawi Tawi.
The local yacht club.
This made a 13hr plane ride okay.
Someone likes Matmos.
Today's highlight was shattering our previous record for excess baggage costs. Was more than my last car. Travellers tip: some airlines charge by the kilo, while others charge by the bag. Opt for the latter whenever possible. The difference can be thousands per flight. Of course it helps when you're not a film crew.
Apparently this building was the home of a Tsar's brother.
Reception desk at today's location.
Dating specialist Tom Stafford examines a 9000 yr old Siberian skull before sawing out a sample for testing back in Denmark.