Larry Jandro, LJ Video Engineering (owner)

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JPG image 1 At a railway station somewhere in Japan waiting for a train to Nigata. I am on the right and David Elkind, the videographer is standing nearby. We are schlepping a considerable amount of equipment and consumable.

JPG image 2 In Khabarovsk, our first stop, we were befriended by a pair of inquisitive Soviet Army "students." We were convinced that they were assigned to us by some dark authority...

JPG image 3 A view of the Amur River from my Intourist Hotel room window. Those are Soviet naval vessels which are on constant patrol along the river which separates the USSR from China.

JPG image 4 Shooting the city of Magadan from a hilltop. Magadan was a closed city, even to most Soviet citizens. Its port on the Sea of Okhotsk is home to secret naval installations.

JPG image 5 We quickly made friends with some Magadan locals in a tavern. I am on the left and George Kovach, our producer, is on the right. We flank a pair of very friendly celebrants.

JPG image 6 We hitch a ride in a Soviet transport aircraft on our way toward the far north. The fellow in the white cap in the rear is one of a party of Soviet geologists heading into the same hinterlands.

JPG image 7 A view of Bilibino which is essentially a mining town, about 150km north of the Arctic Circle.

JPG image 8 My "hotel" toilet in Bilibino, as I found it after checking in. I was lucky... I had a toilet seat which can be seen dangling from the plumbing. We were the first Americans ever to visit this area.

JPG image 9 Our favorite method of transportation - a hired helicopter. The roads (when available) in these areas are impassible due to thawing in the summer, and the only way to gain long distances is by air, preferably by helicopter.

JPG image 10 Shooting at Lake Ilgutgutkin (sp?). The lake is several miles in diameter and nearly perfectly circular. It is believed to have been created by a meteor strike.

JPG image 11 We camped in some long-abandoned shacks on the shore of Lake Ilgutgutkin, and were joined by some children. Here a few of them are very excited by a world atlas I had brought. In the USSR, maps, especially maps of the USSR, were politically incorrect.

JPG image 12 Two of our party, Don and Tom, both writers, pose on the shore of Lake Ilgutgutkin at about 1am. Due to the northern latitude, the sun sets for only a couple of hours in early August. Tom holds a shotgun borrowed from one of the Soviets who was leading the children.

JPG image 13 David shooting the nuclear power station in Bilibino. We were also allowed inside the station, which at the time, was celebrating its 25th year of operation. (I don't know if that's good or bad...)

JPG image 14 A soviet gold strip-mining operation in the Arctic region. The size of this shovel can be seen if you notice the person nearby in the lower left.

JPG image 15 Me with some Chuchi (sp?) natives. These people are obviously the forebears of our native Alaskans.

JPG image 16 Hundreds of miles from nowhere, our helicopter pilot dropped a few miles from a reindeer herd. A couple of hours later, the herd passed right around us. They were very friendly animals, unafraid of humans, which they didn't recognize as a potential threat. We estimated the size of the herd at about 4000 animals.

JPG image 17 From a helicopter window, a look at a Stalinist Gulag somewhere in the Dzhugdzhur range west of Magadan.

JPG image 18 From the ground, one of the dozens of Gulag camps we spotted from the air. Notice our helicopter parked in the upper left of the frame.

JPG image 19 The interior of a Gulag's prisoner barracks shows the attempt of the camp's inhabitants to enliven their mean surroundings with a little decorative painting.

JPG image 20 Me standing on a mountain top, surrounded by the scarred remains of other mountains which were mined by the Gulag prisoners.

JPG image 21 A sobering couple of shots of human remains and the sled which was used to haul corpses to their final resting places. We walked through hundreds of such makeshift gravesites where prisoners were at least allowed to bury their dead a foot or so beneath the frozen earth. In this area, the wintertime temper- atures average -40 degrees F.

JPG image 22 A spectacular arial shot of a small Gulag outpost and its surrounding mining scarred mountainsides. Notice the huge hole bored into the mountain at the very top of the frame.

JPG image 23 David and myself shooting on the streets of Magadan. Throughout our trip, we were virtually unhindered by the authorities. In fact, they were overwhelmingly supportive. We freely went to wherever we could find transportation.

JPG image 24 Me touring a state-owned TV station in Magadan.

JPG image 25 Me in front of the train station in Irkutsk. The Trans-Siberian Express stops here.

JPG image 26 In Irkutsk, the river Angara flows northward toward the Arctic Ocean. Irkutsk is a city of about 700,000 people, and boasts the original enclave of "Decemberists" who were exiled nobility before the 1917 revolution.

JPG image 27 Me with Scotty and Leda Sclochini at Scotty's 71st birthday party in Irkutsk. The Soviet "Mafia" shook down this private establishment in the middle of our revelry. It was business as usual...

JPG image 28 Me outside the offices of the Irkutsk KGB, where I attempted to explain why my visa had expired the previous week. This took all day. George, who speaks fluent Russian kept the dogs at bay. Tom took this shot at the end of my ordeal.

JPG image 29 Shooting on a residential street in Irkutsk. Notice the horse-drawn cart and the very rustic quality of the houses.

JPG image 30 This elderly couple is typical of those who must spend all summer chopping tons of firewood to get them thorugh the severe Siberian winter. Notice the decorative window frames which are very common in Irkutsk.

JPG image 31 This whacky, rambling structure is the home of an eccentric Irkutsk artist and his 600 lb "trained" bear. The bear had not eaten for a few days due to lack of food and we were told that he was not in a mood to be photographed. We did not argue. Okay... George argued with the guy, and they can be seen in front of the "house."

JPG image 32 Here, I attach a microphone to the robes of the first Russian Orthodox Bishop, who had just been given permission to be the first allowed to openly re-organize the church in this part of Siberia. Several hundred emotional Soviet citizens gathered around us to witness this interview.

JPG image 33 The Russians love their children, and here five Irkutsk girls gather at out location to watch us. So we watched them too.

JPG image 34 At Irkutsk's only sound recording "studio," I assist the engineer in recording some live avant-garde music which we intended to use as some of our soundtrack material.

JPG image 35 On Lake Baikal, we shoot aboard the only Catamaran in Siberia. The craft was built in Latvia and was shipped to Lake Biakal by its owner as part of an early privately funded enterprise. Lake Baikal is extremely deep and is said to contain about 20% of the earth's fresh water supply. The lake is home to many one-of-a-kind marine species, and is heavily studied by zoologists.

JPG image 36 Hydrofoils, common in the Soviet Union, cruise the Angara River between Lake Baikal and Irkutsk.