Hidropark, the latest project from award-winning German photographer Freya Najade, is a recreational area in Kiev, Ukraine located on two islands in the Dnieper River. She read about the place in a guidebook and after visiting it for the first time returned the following two summers. “I was drawn to the people and activities—the fun fair, the table tennis where the elderly met and socialized, the beach life, the gym where people of all classes and ages trained.”
In the years leading up to her first visit to Mongolia, Los Angeles-based Marianna Jamadi itched to experience the vast terrain and to trace the lives of the traditional nomads that move across it. She finally stepped foot on the Gobi Desert as part of a tour; over the course of eight days, she stayed with eight families, living in the wood and felt gers they had erected across the sprawling, empty land.