Chernobyl is arguably one of the most devastating, yet lesser known human made disasters to date. Many will remember the incident in 1986 by way of being told to keep windows and doors closed, not to use fresh produce through fear of nuclear contamination and the clean-up operation that followed.
To date it is still not known exactly how many people lost their lives, directly due to the blast, or indirectly due to exposure. The effects of this are still very much present in current generations of people through way of cancers and deformities.
Following the incident there was a mass scale cull on all animals within the 30KM exclusion zone, due to the risks and spread of radioactive contaminants; fortunately the area is starting to see wildlife flourish again.
For some reason Chernobyl has always had an attraction for me, whether is was the sheer abandonment of such a large place, the science behind a nuclear disaster or simply the fact that I could go and explore such a place – either way I have been lucky enough to visit 3 times now and plan to go again. There is far too much to see and experience in one, two or even three trips. From talking to locals and workers, to documenting how nature is claiming back such a place, there is always something new to see.
I have been one of very few people brave/stupid enough to explore the basement of the hospital in Pripyat where the clothing from firefighters still lies; completely toxic with radioactive particles and debris.
This set includes some images from Duga (The Russian Woodpecker).