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The final journey of our Arrivals and Departures photo project: Through Siberia from Yakutsk to Magadan, along the "Road of Bones." By Jacob Aue Sobol, Natnada Marchal, Iskander Ivanov, Vladimir Popov.
The final journey of our Arrivals and Departures photo project: Through Siberia from Yakutsk to Magadan, along the "Road of Bones." By Jacob Aue Sobol, Natnada Marchal, Iskander Ivanov, Vladimir Popov.
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"When I photograph, I try to use my instincts as much as possible. It is when pictures are unconsidered and irrational that they come to life; that they evolve from showing to being." 

-Jacob Aue Sobol-

The travel from my childhood home in the suburbs of Copenhagen through Northern Poland, the Baltics, Russia, Mongolia, and Northern China is coming to an end.

Our team is now preparing the last leg of our journey to reach the eastern coast of Russia. Running from Yakutsk to Magadan, the "Road of Bones" has a dark past.

From 1932 to 1953, millions of victims of Soviet repression were sent to forced labor camps in Siberia, where they constructed a highway across the frozen ground of the coldest inhabited regions on earth. Untold numbers died and were buried along the route. Prisoners said there was one body for each tree cut down to clear the forest. Some of these half-forgotten places are now abandoned and reclaimed by nature.

"Arrivals and Departures" is really a story about what connects us as human beings. My image of a young couple in love from Moscow carries the same feeling as my image of a couple from Beijing. To me, it is an important story to tell: that in spite of different cultural backgrounds, politics, and beliefs, there are basic existential questions and emotions that connect us across borders - some of which were crossed during our first visual journey on the legendary Trans-Siberian/Mongolian Railway.

Now we plan to continue our path along the Road of Bones in winter 2016.

The Challenge

Our goal is to venture deep into Siberia, searching for traces of life, solidarity and humanity in the coldest inhabited areas on earth. We’ll spend a month photographing in extreme conditions, where loneliness and isolation lurk. There are sure to be difficult challenges and emotional moments along the way, but our quest to tell a story of human connection will keep us focused on the final goal. Your trust and support will help to make our dream become a reality.

And after?

With your help, I can finish this project and proceed with editing Arrivals and Departures, the final book documenting this massive journey through Eastern Europe and Asia. As some of you already know, Sobol Studio finished the initial "Arrivals and Departures" catalog. We’re asking for your support to complete the journey.

As the project comes to an end, I will be working with editors and printers to bring it to life. We plan to organize exhibitions around Europe and the world to share this beautiful experience with all of you. 

What will the funds cover?

A trip through the triangle of the coldest cities on earth is a journey like no other. We will travel by car and plan to be outdoors in average winter temperatures of -50°C, so my team and I need specific, extreme cold weather material in order to work. As all money earned at Sobol Studio goes back into printing, book editing, and preparation for exhibitions, it is very important for me to extend participation to people around the world who support my work. I want to open this project to each of you with special and limited edition reward items from this project and others. I am very enthusiastic to bring a dream like this to life, especially one I’ve held dearly for so many years.

The money raised will go towards:

Travel: We will travel with a team of drivers, guides, and translators, and we’ll need to fairly compensate them for their time and patience for the month. Also included are hosting fees at guesthouses, gas, and insurance.

Gear/Supplies: Extreme weather materials like jackets, boots, underlayers, head/foot/hand protection, survival kits, special sleeping bags and tents for resistance to -50°C (-58°F), and specific gear to protect the cameras and equipment.

The book: Remaining funds will help us to edit and print a beautiful book in collaboration with professional graphic designers and bookmakers.

We will be forever grateful if this happens as a result of your support!

Risks and challenges

Risks during this trip include extreme weather and broken photographic equipment or backups.

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    ***Weekend in Copenhagen***
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