Austrian photographer David Schermann spent nine days traveling through Kyrgyzstan, capturing the mountainous, landlocked region that sits bordered by western China, Kazakhstan, and the Tien Shan mountain range, through the lens of his analog camera.
Schermann’s documentation of this landscape feels expansive, open vistas and red rock mountains are the backdrop for horse riders, yurts and abandoned buildings. Visions of society here are contradictory: streetscapes appear busy and deserted in equal parts. In his writing about the project, Schermann notes that whilst Kyrgyzstan is ranked as one of the world’s poorest countries, its poverty is represented fiscally but not emotionally. The people of Kyrgyzstan, he notes, “welcomed me with their open hearts”. Schermann’s documentation shows an altogether different perspective of a country more frequently associated with a sense of political and economic instability, than with its landscapes or the generosity of its people.
All images © David Schermann