Again we are including a timelapse video by Storm-188, an artist that lives in Norilsk and has captured its weather from summer to permafrost.
People may think that it may be difficult to go through warm temperatures to extreme cold in a matter of weeks, even days some times. Norilsk people are used to that and adapt the best way they can, not only wearing special clothes, but also doing lots of activities both indoors and outdoors.
Norilsk is in Siberia, and round here is cold
Every time at read about how cold Norilsk city is I can only think that people are stupid if they expect otherwise. Is like people wish Alaska could have the same temperature like in the Caribbean countries. This is Siberia, and round here is cold. You should know that.
We are concerned about permafrost consequences of course, but we are dealing with them on a regular basis, not as part of a story in a newspaper. Some buildings in the city can't be used in the future, but others have been built with state-of-the-art standards for comfort and safety. I wonder why we don't see this information in the Western media.
Norilsk is not only a place for a documentary to be filmed, but a place to live and love
Some people come to Norilsk with their cameras and capture images of the city for some days, maybe for some weeks, specially in winter. Then, they go back to their hometowns and prepare a documentary or a photographic project with the worst images of the city and its people. They use sad stories told by local Norilsk people.
Then, they state that their visit to Norilsk was a terrible experience, that local people just want to leave the city as soon as they can and that a combination of extreme temperatures, and pollution make our city the most depressing one.
Of course Norilsk is different, and its conditions are different as well. And for sure there are people willing to leave and find their place in this world.
But others live and love in Norilsk, and don't agree that living here is like living in a gulag. That is part of our history, but is like saying that Paris is horrible because French beheaded people in the XVIII century.
Norilsk is a closed city, but foreigners come and go with their photography equipment
Back in the Cold War era, foreigners had little to zero posibilities to make pictures, film or record the opinion of the Russian people and go back to their countries and share that information freely to the world.
Most of the journalists indicate in their articles and TV pieces that Norilsk is a closed city, but foreigners come and go with their photography equipment with no big problems. Some of them even participate in Film Festivals or organize photo exhibitions throughout the world.
We only hope that one day we can read in relevant newspapers that Norilsk weather goes from summer to permafrost and that people live and love here just adapting to the circumsntances.