The Kazakh Steppe also called the Great Dala.
Six feet under.
The shed of the Arlask fishermen. The entrance is in the left upper corner. In the background another shed.
Nurgisa (1980) checking on the weather in early morning.
After one rough hour of driving with the Russian built WAZ on the frozen lake we finally arrive at the fishing spot. These jeeps will get you anywhere. No matter what you throw at them.
Ensepbai Balbeketov (1960) clearing one of the fishing holes that got covered up with fresh snow. In the background one of the cliffs that surround parts of the Aral lake and make for a natural barrier.
Ensepbai Balbeketov (1960) clearing one of the fishing holes that got covered up with fresh snow.
Ensepbai Balbeketov (1960) picking through the ice.
Nurgisa (1980) pulling one of the fishing nets after the hole was cleared by Ensepbai.
Nurgisa (1980) together with fellow fisherman Musabek Mahshatov (1962) pulling the fish from their nets.
Musabek Mahshatov bagging the fish together with Kogambai Omarov.
Kogambai Omarov (1960) cleaning the net.
Ensepbai Balbeketov (1960) pulling the fishing net back in its place.
Ensepbai Balbeketov securing the fhising net after it was pulled back.
When it's -25 outside and 25 inside you need something quick and easy to get in and out.
Ice is being melted to make for tea.
All meals are cooked on this little and simple stove. In the left corner one of the buckets with fresh water.
Kogambai Omarov (1960) relaxing with fellow fishermen after a hard days of work.
Nurgisa (1980) relaxing after a morning of hard work.
Musabek Mahshatov (1962) or in short Maka is the cook. He is the one behind
the delicious pasta meal he cooked in their shed with very limited means.
He is also married with two women and has eight children. Maybe this has
something to do with his cooking skills.
A delicious and rich pasta meal after some hard labour. The plate of food is
surrounded by sweets out of respect for me as a guest.
Ensepbai Balbeketov (1960)
Nurgisa (1980), Ensepbai Balbeketov (1960), Kogambai Omarov (1960), Musabek Mahshatov (1962), Alash Irzagaziyev (1950)
Alash Irzagaziyev (1950). He decides when and how as he is the boss. But he is also the one with the most experience. Crucial if you want to read the ice.
To kill time some of the fishermen will go hunting in one of the nearby hunting lodges. From ducks to jackals and foxes. Shot mainly for the value of their skin.
Musabek Mahshatov (1962) showing off his hunting trophies. A juvenile jackal and a fully grown fox.
The hunting lodge. In the background one of the sheds.