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We are a team of photographers and filmmakers who are preparing to embark on an epic journey to Chukotka.
We are a team of photographers and filmmakers who are preparing to embark on an epic journey to Chukotka.
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All additional money given will go toward our transportation and adding/visiting new locations on our way thru Chukotka. The only way to travel such a long distance as we plan to travel is using an All-Terrain Vehicle. This vehicle can drive only 3 miles per galon. That is why a big portion of the money will go towards the gas.


Two years ago I had the amazing opportunity to go literally to the end of the earth to photograph people who never had their photo taken.
At schools, churches, homes and hospitals I could give people a moment to forget their troubles and just smile for the camera. But while shooting with nomadic reindeer herding families it was me who was most deeply touched by the experience. For although my hosts had few material possessions they shared with me something rare in the world - a sense of peace and satisfaction with life.
This March we are going back on a new journey across Chukotka. We are going to travel over 1000 miles and reach out to the most unreached places in Chukotka. We will visit people who have never had visitors in their life, stopping by every village and tribe on the way, giving them warm clothes, shoes, gifts, and simply showing them grace and love. The very exciting part of the trip will be taking pictures of the natives, printing them on the spot, and handing them to the villagers. This will be the very first time that these people had ever had their photo taken.As we travel, our video crew will be documenting the lives of the locals who live in the harmony with nature. We want to hear about their lives, struggles, resilience and where they see themselves in this rapidly changing world. Our documentary film about this journey, will bring the voices of this land to people all around the globe. We hope to engage humanity's deep rooted fascination with nature and desire to understand humanity. Perhaps by getting a glimpse of this nomadic way of life we will reflect on this modern world and what in our lives is truly important.

On route for upcoming trip:

Photos from last trip:

Previous project: http://sashaleahovcenco.com/help-portrait-end-of-the-earth/

Project team: 
A guy with a crazy idea - Sasha L. http://www.sashaleahovcenco.com
Cinematographers - Alex&Diana Shik. 
Director of photography - Alex Shik http://uforiafilms.com/
Transportation manager - Sly Grinko.
Writer - Daniel Usenko and Phil Koo

Current sponsors and support: 
Gear: http://www.lensprotogo.com/
Medical: http://www.remotemedical.com/ 
Photo bags: http://www.thinktankphoto.com
Design Agency: http://flosites.com/

Risks and challenges

Weather in Chukotka goes down to -55 -60F, that's why due to the weather conditions we might need to postpone the trip, as our last trip we postponed 3 days because of bad lying conditions from Alaska to Chukotka.
Our goal is to cover 1000 miles in 3 weeks, as we rely on our All-Terrain vehicle we trust it will take us that far without any issues.Yet as a back up plan we can always utilize snow mobiles which we ended up using on our last trip.
Due to extreme minus cold temperatures we cannot guarantee how much film or photography we will be able to create.

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    Entertainment and wedding photographer Sasha Leahovcenco (http://sashaleahovcenco.com/), (http://youpluswephotography.com/) will spend up to 2 hours on Skype with you (or in Sacramento Area) and will give you an insight information on your photography business and portfolio, as well as answer any questions regarding photography techniques, post-processing, branding and marketing.
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