Kyrgyzstan is a small and relatively unknown country located in landlocked Central Asia and once part of the Soviet Union. Nearly three decades after its collapse the country still struggles to find its own identity and its economic independence. My series "Human traces" explores faraway places, where Soviet architecture melts with the spectacular mountain landscape and with the blue shores of Issyk Kul lake. This rough contrast attracts me. I am fascinated by the mystic atmosphere of towns and villages, once proud industrial settlements, representing today a symbol of communist decay and industrial breakdown. Despite the rundown appearance many of these areas are still inhabited, and human traces of the industrial past can be found all over the country.