Between 1998 and 2005, the Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen traveled through the fringes of the former Soviet empire, exploring the oblique stories of half-forgotten enclaves and restless territories. In the words of Jonas,
Many of these places are quaintly obscure but as I came to discover, they offer stark proof that the breakup of the Soviet Union is still a work in progress.
This picture was taken in the Altai Territory in 2000. Villagers were collecting scraps from a crashed spacecraft surrounded by white butterflies. Collection of satellite and spacecraft debris is a source of income, in this shattered lands. Jonas Bendiksen has been exploring this fractured landscape, witnessing the fascinating and the surreal. In the book “Satellites“, Jonas presented a lyrical but unsentimental collection of photographs, exploring the little-known worlds of Transdniester, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, the Ferghana Valley, the Jewish Autonomous Region, and the spaceship crash zones near the Kazakh Steppe. Here are some images from this last section of the book.