The small town of Oymyakon, Russia is generally regarded as the coldest permanently inhabited place on the planet. The temperatures here have been recorded as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit and only 500 people are brave enough to call this freezing town their home.
The city is located in two hours drive from the coldest major city Yakutsk, where lowest temperatures have been recorded as low as -90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Amos Chapple, a photographer from New Zealand took a two day trip to the the Russian village and found out immediately how painful the temperatures can be.
‘I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into －47 degrees Celsius (－52 degrees Fahrenheit). I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs,’ he said.
Photographer hoped to document the life of the locals in this village and how they avoid frostbite and blistering cold. The name of the village literally means “unfrozen water” according to Weather.com. He noted that residents live off a diet of primarily meat due to the fact produce are unable to survive in the freezing temperatures.
Because the ground is always frozen, there is a little indoor plumbing, and that’s why most of the equipment and car engines are in peril of freezing over. People try to spend as less time as possible outside, as it is usually dark and desolate, with only three hours of light in winter.
However, the situation changes for better during summer months, as the temperatures rise to 73 degrees Fahrenheit in July, for example.
Chapple said that he traveled to Oymyakon to find an uplifting story but admits that the cold created some new challenges in his photography.