Chernobyl – Desolate wasteland retaken by nature

Few places in the modern world come attached with as much folklore and mythology as Chernobyl.

The radiation only recently subsided enough for humans to brave a visit. Visiting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, on a visit from Kiev, it is still easy to feel the devastation caused by the nuclear disaster.

Populated only by abandoned buildings, nature and feral animals, the 30km radius of the exclusion zone is a place where no person permanently lives. Clean up crews still work within the zone for short stints until their radiation levels have been maxed out. You reach the checkpoint for the 30km zone and then the 10km zone. Everyone’s passports are checked. You are not a tourist, you are a visitor. Taking only photos, leaving only footprints.

These images give a taste of the strangeness of Chernobyl, safe from the radiation that still exists there.

Chernobyl

Chernobyl

Chernobyl

Chernobyl

Chernobyl

Chernobyl

Chernobyl