Aleksey Kondratyev’s photographic series Ice Fishers is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Kazakh fishermen, their historically nomadic culture and the accompanying traditions that go with it. With only salvaged plastic or trash bags to shield themselves from harsh temperatures that dip to -40C (-40F), these Kazakh fishermen soldier on in their quest to catch fish from the frozen Ishim river which runs through Kazakhstan and Russia. The figures remain trapped inside their makeshift shelters along with their tools; the images are eerie, moving and poetic against the barren, frozen lake.

The young Kondratyev (b. 1993 in Kyrgyzstan) currently splits his time between Detroit and Central Asia. The series was shot over two years in North Central Kazakhstan. Discover more of his work here.

All images © Aleksey Kondratyev