Oymyakon: Striking photographs of the world's coldest city

in Inspiration / Photography

If you think you've got it bad for snow this winter, take a moment to consider the people of Oymyakon, the world's coldest inhabited place where average winter temperatures dip to as low as −50 °C (−58 °F) and people risk frostbite, even if they step outside for just a few minutes.

To document and understand what it's like to live in such a frozen part of the world, New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple decided to travel from Yakutsk, the world's coldest major city, to the little Siberian village of Oymyakon – documenting his discoveries along the way.

He found that villagers rely on a diet of meat, as crops and fresh produce cannot survive the brutal temperatures, and that they have to use old-fashioned outhouses because indoor plumbing is impossible in such a frozen landscape.

Recalling his Russian adventure, Chapple said it was so cold that sometimes his lens would freeze. He told Weather.com: "I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into −47 °C (−52 °F). I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips."

Via Weather.com

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