Every once in a while, my mind goes places I don’t want it to – somewhere dark, helpless and terrifying. Once of those places is very real, and hidden at the same time – a world where nuclear disaster has struck, leaving invisible traces on the health of humankind. Fukushima is leaking radiation as we speak – and it is drifting across the ocean towards my home. The seeds of cancer have been sewn in us all; when will my seed sprout and grow? When my mind goes here, I have to tell it to shut the fuck up. Let me live in my little world, let me enjoy the life I have left. The pictures below are of a more overt nature; they show the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, left as a monument to the destructive powers of humanity. We are destroying ourselves, and every once in a while I need to remind myself of that. But that doesn’t take away from what I am able create on this planet, even if I only influence my own little bubble…
via The Telegraph
Haunting images of a once-busy city now abandoned and preserved in time look like a scene from a post-apocalyptic horror film. Pripyat city in the Ukraine once housed the families of thousands of men and women working at the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. But on 26 April 1986, disaster struck when an explosion at the plant caused radiation to leak from its nuclear reactor.
The 50,000 residents of Pripyat – now a ghost town – were evacuated in a major government operation starting the day after the catastrophe, on April 27. Now more than 25 years after the city was emptied, it stands untouched from the day everyone left.
Amateur British photographer Michael Day, 29, an air traffic controller from London who works in Aberdeen, Scotland, visited the disaster scene with a Ukrainian government escort to photograph the ghost town.
“It really felt like the town had just stopped in 1986,” he said. “It was like a living museum. The years of neglect and abandon mean that vegetation has grown unchecked for 26 years, meaning Pripyat is now contained inside a forest.
While it is illegal to take items in or out of Pripyat, because of fears of spreading the radioactive contamination, a few graffiti artists still manage to sneak in. “There are animal tracks now and again, ranging from birds to fox tracks” said Michael. “The escort told us that wolves had been sighted once. There is also evidence of vandalism but no squatters. It is unclear how people have entered Pripyat unsupervised, perhaps long ago before stricter controls on the exclusion zone were enforced.”
After leaving, all visitors granted access are scanned for absorbed doses of radiation. Michael said: “If the safe dose is exceeded, your belongings are removed they give you a chemical shower.”