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Mongolia in Winter

A documentary about a winter expedition to Mongolia to photograph the ecologically sensitive Lake Hovsgol region.

  • Kerik Kouklis
  • Kerik Kouklis
  • Kerik Kouklis
  • Kerik Kouklis
    Key Cast
  • Phil Bond
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Travel, Photography, Winter
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Kerik Kouklis

For the last 30+ years, Kerik Kouklis has been a fine art photographer and educator specializing in creating handmade photographs. As of 2017, he has entered the world of film making. Born and raised in California with a background in music and 30 years as an environmental geologist under his belt, Kerik combines a contemporary eye with 19th century processes to produce work that is uniquely his own. Kerik has used these processes to create his work since 1990 and has been teaching workshops in these processes since 1997, both in his home studio and at various locations around the US, Canada and the UK and soon, Australia. Kerik’s work is currently represented in California by Oficino Uno in Carmel, CA, the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite where he has been teaching hand-made photographic techniques since 2000 and Kevin Longino Fine Photographs in CT. His prints are held in private and corporate collections in North America and Europe as well as the Museum of Fine Art, Houston and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Newcastle, Pennsylvania.

A budding film maker, in 2017 Kerik released his first film, Winter in Mongolia, a 30-minute documentary about a winter photographic expedition to Mongolia.

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Director Statement

For as long as I can remember, I’ve liked to make stuff. I discovered early on that I really like to make photographs. Taking pictures and making prints has been part of my life ever since my dad set up a basement darkroom for me when I was twelve. I’d spend hours experimenting (and mostly failing) to make something interesting. But every once in a while something good would result, leading me to continue my pursuit of the next good picture, the next good print. I’ve never been in the “image is everything” camp of photography. It’s important to me that the image takes the form of a physical object – something that can be touched, or held, or maybe even hung on a wall.

I photograph the elements around me that I love, or find beautiful, or fascinating. From the beginning, the Land has been my primary subject. Over time, friends and family have also found their way in front of my lens, often as characters transformed into different versions of themselves.

And I now, all of a sudden, find myself in the role of film maker. This is something that has been on the back-burner for several years and this year it has taken over my life. Now that the first film, Winter in Mongolia is done, I hope to have more to share soon.