There are company of Russian photographers that travel around Russia and world taking pictures of everything they see. Recently they decided to split up; one of them went to Africa to make a picture story and the other one went to one of the mining towns in Siberia. Just compare it, +40C (+95F) in Africa and -40C (-40F) in Siberia.
It is kinda funny to be there at nights. If you open a window, you will hardly close it after 5 minutes.
One of cozy streets. The temperature outdoors is -42C (-44F).
Each fast breath hurts unaccustomed to such fierce frost lungs and everything inside your nose freezes up. The main thing is to breathe smoothly and to walk slowly.
Many houses have boiler installations which burn coal.
Because of that, the whole city is being smog-immersed and all snow grays out the next day it falls.
One of the locals.
Camera lens freezes up and resists zooming.
Frost and the sun, what a beautiful day! And it is just -42C (-44F) outdoors.
The sign says: the best yard 2005. For sure, you can’t argue with it.
Bleak fire of the winter sun.
The first man. Almost every car is with a started motor. In the morning only those cars that have been staying in heated parking place at night can be started. After 15 minutes of being outdoors the photocamera frosted over and refused to work.
This is a parking place with heating. You can recognize it because of thick ice built-up on the doors.
The car of the photographer can start while it is -40C (-40F) outside, but it is better to park it into the parking place to be on the safe side.
To warm the camera up, the photographer came into the riser block of flats in one of the houses. It is warm over there, just -5C (+23F.)
These snow sculptures have frozen up so badly that one can break stones upon them.
Hot water is being delivered to houses by external pipe system, they say that it is much comfortable like that. Actually, you don’t need to be a skilled technician to find out where is the leakage.
One of the going coal-pits of the town. Once there were 16 of them, but nowadays more than a half are closed. Nevertheless, the town is being one of the leading suppliers of carbonized coal in Russia.
The next day the photographer went to one of the major coal-pits of the town. There its coal-preparation plant smokes.
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