The Snow of Yesteryear

PhotographerOded Wagenstein
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Far in an isolated village in Northern Siberia, a group of women lives. They were part of a migratory community of herders named Nenets, but the women no longer wander. They were outcast by their clan, who believe them to be "too old" to wander with the rest. They now live in permanent housing, cut off from their community. While at the same time, men of the same age or older, are encouraged to continue to live in the wandering community without issue. I sat with them for days and over many cups of tea, I heard their stories, lullabies, and longing for the life they had. All the women I met on this journey seem to share the same frustration. Frustration over the feeling of being "purposeless," as Pudani Audi (seen in picture 1) told me: "I miss my family, my tribe, and the Tundra, my love. But it seems I am no longer needed there. My part is over."

About Photographer

Oded Wagenstein – Cultures photographer, lecturer and author. His work has been published in numerous international publications, such as the National Geographic (US, Italy, Israel), BBC (UK) and Time Out (Israel). He his also a contributing photographer for Getty images and a regular contributor for the Israeli editions of National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler. The author of three photography books, a senior lecturer at the Galtiz photography school institute and graduated from the Faculty of Arts: Film and TV (with expertise in Cinematography) and the Faculty of Social Science: Anthropology (with expertise in Anthropology).