A small mosque outside Zhalanash. A fomer fishing village on the way to Tastubek.
Goats observing a christmas tree that was left in the middle of the main road of the village in Tastubek. Kazachs are predominantly muslim. How a christmas
tree, a symbol of christianity, ended up in the middle of the street was also a mistery for my guide.
A boy is watching pigeons in the sky while his grandmother is gathering dead branches for firing up the stove inside the house.
A goat watching as the sun goes slowly down
A boy carrying a plastic bucket submerged in his own world.
Camels in the early morning covered in snow after a brutal cold night. Camels form the main staple of food and are used in almost all the dishes.
Camels roaming the main street (apart from one more street) in Tastubek on a snowy morning. In the background a christmas tree. Nobody knew who put it there and how long it would continue to decorate the street.
Aibolat Seitbenbetov (1990) giving nature a small push. Camel meat forms the basis of their food supply and are almost used in every meal.
On their way to the fishing nets on the frozen Aral lake. Into the great white open.
Aibolat Seitbenbetov (1990) checking on his Russian built WAZ jeep in the middle of the frozen Aral lake. You can see the steam coming from the overheated engine.
As there is no connection to the outside world and with temperatures of up to -30 at night these kind of situations are not without risk.
Aibolat pulling the fishing net.
Ensepbai Balbeketov (1960) picking through the ice.
Nurgisa (1980) together with fellow fisherman Musabek Mahshatov (1962) pulling the fish from their nets.
Ice is being melted to make for tea.
Ensepbai Balbeketov (1960) pulling the fishing net back in its place.
Six feet under. The underground shed close to the shore of the Aral lake where the fishermen will live for as long as the ice lasts.
Nurgisa (1980), Ensepbai Balbeketov (1960), Kogambai Omarov (1960), Musabek Mahshatov (1962), Alash Irzagaziyev (1950)
Kazahk fishermen outside their shed.
Frozen fish in the small facility in Tastubek. Waiting to be taken to the fish factory Kambala Balik in Aralsk.
The smoked fish is very often sold at little shops like this one in Aralsk.
A watertruck returning to Tastubek after getting stuck in the snow just outside the village. The truck was supposed to fetch water in the village of Zhalanash. Trucks like these will take the fish from Tastubek to Aralsk.