41 images Created 19 May 2014
In the remote Tian Shan mountains, bordering China, and five hours away from Kazahstan's largest city, the town of Tekeli has experienced all the trials of post-Soviet economic and social dislocation. Once a mining center, the struggles and perseverance of the residents of Tekeli. is visible on the faces of the people. Gritty and industrial, the city is, in essence, a microcosm of the economic decline of industrial areas in a post-industrial age, especially because the aging population there cannot leave and the exodus of youth continues towards larger cities. Despite unemployment, insufficient pensions, and increasing isolation among this aging population, I have found, and tried to capture, in documentary photography, the beauty and warmth of a proud people determined to hold on to their roots and way of life in a place that as often as not feels like the end of the world.