by THE ORIGAMI STAFF
Photos: DIANA DUZBAYEVA
The photographs were shot in Aktau, on the banks of the Caspian Sea, an important seaport of Kazakhstan.
Step into the hidden wonders of Kazakhstan: a spectacular landscape of earthly riches that photograph like serene paintings of a moment in time.
Though Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat looms large in our cultural memory as pseudo-representations of Kazakhstan, the land where “eternal mountains” resides has a greater story to tell.
Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world, is home to 16.79 million people, and for centuries, it linked the East and the West, through the fabled Silk Road until its demise six centuries ago. Caravans loaded with silk and spices bound for Europe crossed through the steppes and deserts of Kazakhstan – all the way from China.
Today, Kazakhstan is looking to revive its role as conduit for goods destined for consumption in European cities, using the ancient Silk Road route.
The $7-billion project is said to hold the promise of transforming the landscape and the lives of people along the route: ushering a new era of glory and prosperity to those that welcome the trade route’s resurrection.
Much like centuries past, its precious cargo still originates in China – this time, laptops and other electronic gadgets – and winds up in the hands of Europe’s denizens.
With files from Reuters, the Washington Post and the New York Times