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.
The Nenets, who live at daily temperatures of – 35C / -31F in northern Siberia, Russia and wash just once a year and eat raw reindeer liver to survive. Documented by these beautiful black and white monochrome photographs of by documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado / found at tanta tralha
Ever wondered what it would be like to live in an igloo? Well, you have the chance to find out at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, in Finland. A hotel located in the northern part of the country, high up above the arctic circle, is being touted as one of the coziest romantic getaways in the world.
Holidaying couples have three options at the hotel – Log Cabins, Snow Igloos, and Glass Igloos. Of course, the snow igloos get my vote for the most interesting of the three. Let’s find out more about them. Built to fit 1 to 5 people, it is literally like sleeping inside a room made of snow Of course, while the temperature outside may be dangerously cold at below -30 C, all the necessary amenities are provided indoors to keep you warm and cozy. The temperature inside ranges between -3 and -6 C. Warm down sleeping bags, woolen socks and hood are provided. The ice itself illuminates the igloo.
If you want to experience sleeping in an Igloo, but at a warmer temperature, you might consider a glass one. Because they’re made of a special thermal variety of glass, normal room temperature is maintained indoors. Also, the glass never frosts, allowing a clear view of the beautiful sights outside. Glass igloos are furnished with luxury beds and toilets, and can accomodate a maximum of two people. As a plus, the hotel makes it possible for their guests staying in the igloos to use the sauna, and also take a dip in a nearby ice hole.
For those who like their privacy, and also want some warmth, the hotel provides the option of basic log cabins too. Each cabin comes with its own shower/toilet, kitchenette, sauna and fireplace. But who would give up the opportunity of renting a cool igloo from which you can admire the Aurora Borealis, for a plain cozy cabin, right
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