Hello and hola!
We are two friends who accidentally met in a Barcelona bar and quickly found out that we have many common interests, such as the world famous band from Tuva, Huun Huur Tu, the beauties of Lake Baikal and Shamanism. After many hours of conversation, the idea of traveling to Tuva and Lake Baikal together started to take shape in our minds. We were not sure if our idea would become a reality until the moment we have found ourselves purchasing the flight tickets online. So here we are - going there to meet and make a photo story about the shamans of Tuva, Khakassia and Lake Baikal.
WHO WE ARE?
Yuriy Ogarkov - professional photographer, who was born in Kiev, lived 12 years in Germany and moved to Barcelona 6 months ago. Yuriy is passionate about capturing the beauty of our world with his photo camera. Emre Akan - a khoomei (Tuvan throat singing) lover and practitioner, who was born in Istanbul and moved to Barcelona 10 years ago. In his youth Emre read many books and watched films about shamanism and since then his big dream is to visit Tuva and experience the shaman's culture personally. .
WHAT WE WANT?
In this story we are interested to meet shamans personaly and explore their culture, their environment, their rituals through the language of photography. What is even more exiting to us, is to discover how this archaic religion deals with the realities of the modern world. During our journey we will meet many shamans, whom we already contacted and who are exited to meet us. On the 6th of July we will fly from Barcelona to Krasnoyarsk. Then we’ll move to Abakan, Turan, Kyzyl, Irkutsk and Olkhon Island. On the 4th of August we’ll go back home. In each of this places we will meet shamans, do photographs and interviews with them. Also we will visit the sacred places, where shamanic rituals take place.
We would love to share the experiences of our adventure through exhibitions around the world, publications in the magazines and maybe, who knows, it will become a long term project and we will even manage to publish a book.
The visual style of the story will be alike the story, that Yuriy did about the Baikal Lake:
HOW CAN YOU HELP US?
All the project is built on our own personal fundings, enthusiasm and curiosity. We know, that there are many obstacles that can appear on our way. But with your help the successful of this project can become easier und stronger. We need your support. You can help us financially (the donation button below). You can help us with contacts. You can help us with ideas about our project. You also can help simply by sharing this information with others. By doing one of these things you are literally taking part in this adventure with us. So TRAVEL WITH US BY SUPPORTING US!
Emre and Yuriy