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October 26, 2015 9:49 AM   Subscribe

 
I want to go to there.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 9:59 AM on October 26, 2015


Is this the base discussed in Chew? That scene is probably the best moment of the series.
posted by lownote at 10:05 AM on October 26, 2015


I love that Arbugaeva's work made it to the blue. I'm an Arctic nerd, and the landscapes are just gobsmackingly beautiful. I may have to go to her upcoming London exhibit.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 10:12 AM on October 26, 2015


Honestly, this doesn't seem real. It looks like a still from a BioShock game. Are we sure this isn't an elaborate ARG?
posted by The Bellman at 10:14 AM on October 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


god I get such an old-techgasm off of looking at that communications set though.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 10:16 AM on October 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'd so buy this game!
posted by Thorzdad at 10:20 AM on October 26, 2015 [3 favorites]


I am no fan of snow but there is something about this place which makes disliking intensely cold weather irrelevant.
posted by Kitteh at 10:22 AM on October 26, 2015 [3 favorites]


Glorious photos.
posted by Kabanos at 10:45 AM on October 26, 2015 [3 favorites]


The article says Slava is due to retire soon - he is 63 and has been there for 13 years. I wonder what will happen to the weather station. Will someone else volunteer to be posted there? Will they revamp the station into one of those "characterless facilities staffed by young people using new technology", as Arbugaeva describes other weather stations?
posted by cynical pinnacle at 11:17 AM on October 26, 2015


Pretty isolated, sure. But since a reporter can obviously reach it, not solitary enough for me.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:48 AM on October 26, 2015


THEM: Welcome back! Man, ten years alone at an Arctic weather station. And to think you volunteered for it, just so you'd finally be away from any distractions from finishing your novel. I can't wait to read the manuscript.

ME: Well, I mean...I have most of a first draft...but you know how it goes...
posted by Ian A.T. at 12:07 PM on October 26, 2015 [10 favorites]


This is absolutely wonderful and just what I need to look at after a long day and an equally long, crowded train commute to an office. I daydream about living and working in a wild, empty place - far away from people and crowds and politics and anything beyond quietly surviving.

I wish there were more jobs like this - it feels so often these days like we're railroaded into one of a few, narrow ideas of work. I wish we could tell people that there's a different world out there, that there are options out there, that you don't have to do what everyone else is doing. That if you want to be by yourself, if you don't want to aspire to an office job in the city, you don't have to do that. I want to be able to tell people that working in the wild by yourself is absolutely a thing you can do. Hell, I want to do it.
posted by winterhill at 12:53 PM on October 26, 2015 [7 favorites]


This definitely fits on my NOPE meter. Nope, nope, nope.


nope.
posted by Chuffy at 1:18 PM on October 26, 2015


Those astoundingly blue eyes, almost reflecting the sea. I hope that the gallery puts this photo just to the right, almost as though it was his imagination of what is outside his window.
posted by Muddler at 2:10 PM on October 26, 2015


Almost like he's not human!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:11 PM on October 26, 2015


I prairie-dog over the cubicle wall and look at my fellow inmates in my perfectly good 1st world office. I sit back down and stare at the spreadsheet.

I would so take that weatherman job.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 3:32 PM on October 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Slava" is Vyacheslav Korotki. I know because ChuraChura posted about him last December. I'm not calling double—it's a different article, and the photos are nice (though there were nice photos in the New Yorker story as well)—but it bothers me that this piece takes great care to name the photographer but doesn't bother to give the hero of the story his actual name.
posted by languagehat at 5:20 PM on October 26, 2015 [6 favorites]


I would so take that weatherman home with me.
posted by maggieb at 5:29 PM on October 26, 2015


Those photos. Dang.
posted by a halcyon day at 6:05 PM on October 26, 2015


This one could so be a painting.
posted by flabdablet at 3:08 AM on October 27, 2015


The one of the girl with the boots and the dog is my favorite.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:59 PM on October 27, 2015


The one of the girl with the boots and the dog is my favorite.

There are more photos of the Tiksi series on her website. Beautiful color palette.
posted by Kabanos at 7:10 AM on October 28, 2015


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