Yesterday I took photographs of how truck drivers — Michael Zakharov and his four sons — were preparing for this year’s last long run on the winter road from Yakutsk to Srednekolymsk, Kolyma area of North-East Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. A long ride, indeed, and very risky. Around 2500 km on one way through the Kolyma federal road (settlements of Khandyga and Ust Nera) and the Arctic winter road (Ust Nera — Sasyr — Zyryanka — Srednekolymsk).
What can happen, when ice road truckers take a risk and cross the river on the thin ice in spring? Their trucks fall through the ice and drivers kill much time to extract their vehicles. Take a look. This video was shot on the Indigirka River in the area of Oymyakon. This is in Yakutia, Siberia / Russia. Time was the late spring, April. A kinda exciting adventure, but it wasn’t funny for drivers.
Early October was like that. Snow fell. The sun appeared. Snow started melting in the daytime and turning into ice at night and truckers became the most unhappy human beings in Siberia’s Yakutia. Driving ice-covered roads is dangerous now. Many vehicles can be seen in ditches. Above and below, please, see winter photographs taken on the Lena Highway between Aldan and Yakutsk in the Southern part of Yakutia the last weekend. Painful sights.
This is the video preview of Nikolay Evstifeev’s documentary «THE WINTER ROAD. The Land of Fierce…» about the sever work in Siberia’s Yakutia. Here you can see how hard ordinary people’s work can be in the toughest part of Siberia. The documentary film won The Best Directing Award at The 17th Saint Anna Film Festival and The Best Cinematography Award at The 29th VGIK Film Festival. Btw, Anton Safronov was a camera man. The documentary is about Yakutia, the sever land of truckers, gold miners, hunters, oil &…