How do very cold temperatures affect your photography?
"When working in these environments I often keep my cameras under layers of clothing. Each shot has to be perfect to be worth all the struggle, so in a way it forces me to be more disciplined. Also, batteries last a very short time, so I carry lots of them in my mittens or inner pockets to keep them warm."
What's the coldest temperature you've worked in?
"I once worked in -65°C, which was physically painful. Once, when looking through the viewfinder, my cheek got frozen to the camera so I had to walk slowly to the house, go inside and wait until the ice melted enough to detach it."
How did you meet Slava, the 'Weather Man'?
"I was curious to see how people live in extreme isolation in the Russian Arctic and was also interested in meteorological stations. The only way to see these places was to board an icebreaker ship that delivers supplies once a year. I visited 22 stations and met Slava at the Khodovarikha station. I instantly knew this was the place I was looking for – it felt as if time had stopped there. As a character I found Slava very interesting. He is almost a mix of the main character in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and a Soviet Arctic explorer of the romantic times of polar exploration."
What attracts you to remote places?
"I think it all comes from childhood. I remember the darkness of polar night, the strong winds and the bright light of the aurora – that left a lasting impression on me as a child. I have travelled around the world and visited many places, but I have never found anything similar to that sense of space, that landscape that stretches forever."