We live in the snow

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From the series ‘NomadsLife’ by Dutch photographer Jeroen Toirkens.

 

Since 1999 Toirkens has been following the lives of various nomadic tribes in Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia and the Arctic region. He discovered that globalisation, poverty and climate change are making it increasingly difficult for them to maintain their traditional way of life. With NomadsLife Toirkens creates a diverse and often poignant picture of nomadism in the 21st century.

In 1999 Jeroen Toirkens became fascinated by the nomad families high in Turkey’s Bolkar Mountains. He encountered the way of life of the Yörük, who were struggling with the pressures of a modernising Turkey. What were originally their nomadic pastures were being bought up by real estate developers, and many of the young people were departing for life in the cities. After that he visited other originally nomadic peoples who were encountering comparable problems. For instance, in 2005 and 2006 he and the journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius spent time with the Sámi and the Nenets in Russia. Before the Soviet era family units from these tribes were constantly on the move with their herds. Under the Soviet regime they were forced to become workers on collective farms, the kolchoses, a policy from which they are still suffering the consequences. Most recently Toirkens visited Barrow in Alaska, the centre for traditional whaling. There the nomadic life has already made way for a settled lifestyle.

In March 2011 the book Nomad was published by Belgian publisher Lannoo.

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We are cold

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Beautiful, dreamy photograph of the snow covered baroque garden of the Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis in Amsterdam, Netherlands / photographed by Albert ‘campra’

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We are dreaming

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Photograph of a beautiful curved band of aurora over the snowy Swedish Lapland. The phenomenon of  Northern Lights (also called Aurora Borealis) occurs when large numbers of electrons stream in towards the Earth along its magnetic field and collide with air particles. The air then lights up rather like what happens in a fluorescent light tube. The resulting colors of the Northern Lights reflect the gases that we find up there. The charged particles originate from the sun, and the weather conditions on the sun decide whether or not we will see the aurora. Photography by  Antony Spencer

We are going on holiday

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Snow Canyon, Toyama, Japan

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Toyama, Japan / unknown photographer

We are in love

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Photograph of 3 adorable ducklings walking in the snow, by C. Eichelberger

White Serenity

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Russian Second World War II Memorial, Treptower Park, Berlin / photograph by Ronny Behnert

It’s getting a little cold again these days…

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