Documentary Photographer & Filmmaker Tom Law is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography. These images are from his project ‘Isolation In Kazakhstan‘. To see Tom’s gallery of projects click on any image.
Set in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains, Almaty is a city like no other. Until 1997 it was the capital of Kazakhstan, but because of its impractical geographical location, the government decided to change it to Astana instead.
I was conducting an ethnographic study about family life in Almaty. Observing their behavior and routines. After spending a few weeks in both the urban and rural areas with two different families, I became more aware of how isolated both the city and people were. The people were lovely, very warm and welcoming, but there was an underlying wariness which I couldn’t help pick up on.
This project is an exploration into the culture both in home and on the streets of Almaty. From mountains, living rooms and fair grounds, Almaty is truly unique in its character and with little chance of changing any time soon.
By Tom Law