Travel photographer Alexander Khimushin took photos of indigenous minorities of the North for his project “The World in Faces”. In view of this he visited a village of Iengra in Nerungri district.
Alexander Khimushin is from Yakutia. He did business in Yakutsk, started to travel around in 2007. Currently he lives in Australia.
“I’m a traveler rather then a photographer. I am collaborating with the TV channel ‘My Planet’. My priority is the photo project “The World in Faces”. I used to take photos of nature and different sights. Later I realized that my passion is people and their culture.
“The World in Faces” is aimed to demonstrate representatives of all indigenous ethnic groups. I take photos of people of different nationalities in their traditional clothes. This summer I traveled to the Far East and Siberia, where I realized that the culture of indigenous people is often endangered – they forget their native languages and traditions. I realized importance of keeping diversity of our world through portraits of people.
First I traveled and made some photoshoots, and then I called it “The World in Faces”. The first shots were made 5 or 7 years ago, when I was in South Eastern Asia. Among Russian people, I first took photos of Tofalars living in Irkutsk district.
Most people support my project. Once I visited Evenkis in Buryatia, who communicate with each other. The others had already known and waited by the time I came for taking pictures of ones.
From time to time various problems occur and it’s common situation, when we have costumes, but some people, especially old ones, don’t give a permission to take a photo of them. So, we have to ask them and explain the objective of the project.
Everything is easier in India, because sometimes strangers ask to take a picture when they see my camera. Sometimes I have language difficulties. Also, some of them believe that a photo can negatively affect person’s future.