Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Name: Ilona Isayeva
Profession: Deputy director of a children's art school
How long have you been doing photography? I'm a newbie.
What style or genre most interests you? Showing extreme sports.
Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? Kandalaksha is located on the Kola Peninsula, beyond the Arctic Circle, along the White Sea. It is a small city, and its residents are mostly involved in industry. We have an aluminium factory, railroad, and the Niva Hydroelectric Station. Tourists visit here year-round to be in wild nature.
What are some things that only locals would know about the city? There was a time when you could catch salmon right in the city center, through which flows the Niva River. But now the river is full of dams and the fish no longer swim upriver through the city. In the spring bears appear on the outskirts of the city in search of easy pickings for meals.
Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city? The White Sea. You must visit that. Recently they opened a restaurant at the Kandalaksha Yacht Club that has a panorama view over the gulf and that serves traditional northern food. That's also a place worth checking out.
Anything else?: You really need to live here, but most people are leaving here.
Kandalaksha is located above the Arctic Circle, on the south end of the Kola Peninsula. Тhe city's population is thirty thousand. Many people are moving away, heading south. The climate is difficult here, with a long polar night and the lack of vitamin D. Some people come back, saying that the north is calling them home. Life in the Arctic is charming in its own way.Ilona Isayeva / @ ilonaisaeva
Ludmila Pavlovna worked as a primary school teacher all her life in one of Kandalaksha's schools. Her family came here many years ago from the Urals - the father was sent north into exile.Ilona Isayeva / @ ilonaisaeva
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