The first thing we did when our first trip to Uzbekistan began to look more likely than not, was our homework.

We read books, articles, and everything else we could find on the recent - and ancient - political and economic history of Central Asia.

One thing that we failed to get a sense of however, was what Uzbekistan was actually like: the scenery, the food, and the ordinary life of most Uzbeks. For all that goes on there, it is a decidedly low-profile country.

Upon return from our two trips to the country, despite our academic preparation, we were all profoundly affected by the political and economic situation on the ground.

If there's one thing Uzbeks don't have for example, it's a say in their government or any realistic hopes for democracy in the near future.

Even discussion of political ideals in the most abstract of terms was conspicuously avoided, and for understandable reasons.

The recent revelations by Wikileaks indicate widespread corruption but only hint at the political repression that also plagues the country.

In complement with these revelations however, which do offer a realistic glimpse of how things work in today's Uzbekistan, Not on the Wires brings you a collection of ordinary human faces:

There may be corruption and no democracy, but there is culture, there is hope, and there are stories to be told.