As some of you may know Pripyat is an abandoned city in the north of Ukraine. It was abandoned due to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident of 26th of April 1986. And some areas still remain uninhabitable due to high radiation levels. A clear reminder how dangerous nuclear reactors are.
The disaster had "only" 56 direct deaths, but over 800,000 people suffered from radiation all over eastern and western Europe. People still lay down their lives cause of this.
I've been fascinated by this place ever since I first heard of it a couple of years ago. The idea of a town abandoned within hours, and still remained untouched after so many years astonishes me.
When you look at the photos you can see what they were doing on that day, on that moment. Pripyat is like a photo in that perspective. The city has been frozen in time since that exact date and time of 26th of April 1986 at 1.23 am local time. And it will probably be like that for a long time.
I am planning to go to the exclusion zone before I turn 30. Many have been there to capture the destruction and emptiness. But this is something I want to experience myself.
This brings me to the people who have already been there, I would like to show you some of the photos which are taken there to give you an impression of the place.
we have a "ghost house" in our town, i took allot of photos there last year, sort of scary cause the stairs where not that stable. Easy to get hurt I guess, it used to be psychiatric institution. There was this strange room, someone wrote im not crazy like thousands of times! Energy there was painful.
It's very intriguing indeed. Although I'd like to go there, I still won't because of the radiation. Although they say it's safe to go there for a little while, I guess it can't be healthy to be there at all.
I remember coming across a website once, where a woman had special access to sites affected by Chernobyl. She rode through on her motorcycle, taking plenty of photos and putting it into a photojournal on her site. I'd link the site if I still knew where it was. The destruction was horrible, but as you said, it's like a photo in its own way, capturing the way of life there, the moment everyone fled. The amusement park that never got to open their gates is the most fascinating to me.
[link] Found the site. And go figure I about got sucked into reading it all again. I'll have to go back to it again later. Apparently she's gained internet fame since I last read, and even has a wikipedia page.
I wanna go too! This is awesome. Ive never heard of this place.....But I guess it would be easy to see by it of how people would react in a split second life or death scenario by this place. Take me with you!
Well we practically made the US together with the United Kingdom, so we learn quite a bit. Like New York was formerly called Amsterdam... which is the capital of the Netherlands. There's a lot of cities named after Dutch cities in America.
I am very intrigued indeed! I don't know why, but I've always been fascinated by the whole Chernobyl story and by what happened to this city too. I remember reading an article with a photo report on a magazine some years ago (I think it was on the 20th year after the disaster) and thought "wow", it astonishes me in the same way it does with you I guess. If I could fave this journal entry, I'd do it, believe me
I remember it well. There was great concern here in the UK because the prevailing wind comes to us from that direction. I also used to perform a song called "Farewell to Pripyat" I'll post the lyrics here when I dig them out. Great collection of images of a very sad and depressing location.