Lake Baikal exhibition available from Polish Maritime Museum

    "Lake Baikal. A Kingdom of Water and Ice", a photographic exhibition by Olga Kamenskaya was featured from May to September 2012 at the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdansk.

    The exhibition is available to other museums in northern and western Europe, free of charge, in 2013.

    The exhibition presents a collection of over 70 extraordinary pictures of Lake Baikal, seen in Gdansk for the first time outside the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

    The underwater photographs of the deepest lake in the world, frequently called "the Blue Eye of Siberia" deserve particular recognition.

    The thing which is most fascinating in the Lake is the ice, in a form not found elsewhere. Despite the severe continental climate of Siberia, with the air temperature dropping below -30°С, the lake creates a specific marine-like microclimate and reluctantly releases the heat accumulated in the summer. In the middle of January, winter manages to bind the lake with ice, so the thickness of the ice cover in March reaches 80-120cm. Ice blocks form under-surface corridors of up to 6 metres in length, in which it is possible to swim. Although Baikal ice seems to be black, it is perfectly transparent and even when it is 1.5 metres thick, you can see the blackness of the Baikal depths through it.

    Olga Kamenskaya graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical University. She is a diving and underwater photography instructor, also working with children. Olga uses Nikon D700 and D200 cameras and has won prizes in numerous Russian and international competitions of natural and underwater photography.

    Olga is equally at home diving in cold or warm water. She loves discovering new interesting places and sharing her impressions with friends. Her diving passion was inspired by her son back in 2001, and her first contact with an underwater camera was in 2003. The basic themes of her art are interrelations between man and Nature and the breathtaking, almost unreal beauty of the underwater world.

    Olga Kamenskaya has photographed the amazing underwater world of the White and Barents Seas, Norwegian fiords, volcanoes and bears in Kamchatka, pagodas and shrines in Burma, tortoises and sharks in Galapagos, elephants and lions in Tanzania, whale sharks in Australia, pyramids and whales in Mexico, waterfalls and sea lions in Argentina, elephant seals and otariids in South Georgia, and penguins and icebergs in the Antarctic. She has already been to Lake Baikal ten times, and it has become a never-ending story to her . . . the kingdom of water and ice.

    Museums interested in exhibiting "Lake Baikal A Kingdom of Water and Ice", free of charge, should contact the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdansk.