A fisherman covers himself with a plastic bag to shield himself from the wind and cold in Astana, Kazakhstan.
To achieve an abstract look, Aleksey Kondratyev manipulated his photos during the editing process, removing things in the background like buildings and power lines. He wanted to take the emphasis off the city and focus on the fishermen and their gear.
"I was interested in the idea of isolating oneself off from the world, like these guys do with their plastic bags," he said. "I thought by taking out the background, that would be another way to further that idea."
Astana is the second-coldest capital city in the world after Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with temperatures dropping as low as minus 40 degrees (Celsius and Fahrenheit).
A man holds fish in the plastic bottles next to him.
Kondratyev visited Central Asia last year and returned in January to document the fishermen in Astana.
"They're so focused on this practice of ice fishing and they're so cut off from their surroundings," Kondratyev said. "They're isolated by this plastic bag that abstracts their figure."
The photos were taken on Astana's frozen Ishim River.
"Those plastic bags, they're not specifically made for ice fishing," Kondratyev said. "They're just re-appropriated for that purpose."
Kondratyev, who is from nearby Kyrgyzstan, speaks Russian and was able to communicate easily with the fishermen.