The Nenets are an indigenous people inhabiting northwestern Russia. Descendants of people inhabiting Siberia, they are reindeer pastoralists, fishermen and hunters of the tundra.
Vijesh Kumar Raju – a photographer based out of Munich, along with his friend Navak Gupta visited the Nenets as a part of their personal project to connect with the reindeer tribes of the world. They travelled to the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia where the Nenets lived. After a gruelling 13 hour long journey into the frozen tundra from Salekhard, they finally reached the Nenets camp.
Habited by just two families – the Vanuitos and Laptanders, the two photographers lived in the tepees with the families where they learned and documented their lifestyle.