What does Siberia mean? Beyond clichés like the Trans-Siberian railway; Lake Baikal; oil; cold; and of course, vodka? Who are the inhabitants of these vast stretches of rural Russia? What is their daily reality—thousands miles away from Kremlin and apart from hot media agenda?

The aim of my project is to reflect on some of these very questions, to share an insider’s gaze—Siberian imagery made by a Siberian photographer.

—Valeriy Klamm

Editors’ Note: About six years ago, Klamm launched a photoblog community devoted to the daily life of the Russian provinces entitled “Birthmarks On the Map.” This summer, Klamm has prepared a print-on-demand photo book titled By the Way that gathers his years of work on the subject.