THE SACRED LAKE - A JOURNEY THROUGH A DEEP AND ICY ROAD
New date: 5 December 2020
Exhibition and Talks (due to COVID-19 mesures, date could be changed) will take place in Portugal, Ovar city during AMBID2020 16º Photographic Meeting
Known as the Sacred Lake and worshipped by the Siberian people that depend on it, Lake Baikal is an important natural resource. Wrapped in mystery and beliefs while currently facing risks, it provides one of the most beautiful sceneries that Nature offers us.
Each image is unique and ephemeral due to its constant change. Shaped by the climate, each season is different. It is during the winter though that it faces the biggest threat that disrupts the balance of its ecosystem: the global warming.
Its fragile location and the threats that puts at risk one of the largest fresh water reserves in the world led the author on this icy adventure. Travelling over 300 km in a hovercraft over the ice covered Lake Baikal in freezing temperatures between -15ºC and -30ºC presented an opportunity to capture its ice formations, light, depth and textures. In short, recording this remote but magical place that fills any traveller’s imagination.
The aim of this photographic project is not only to expose the natural beauty of Lake Baikal. It is also to raise awareness of its fragile ecosystem and the threats that it faces.