The Chernobyl Gallery

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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On the morning of April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the USSR, a test was being conducted on Reactor 4. The test was to check a new safety procedure to assist the operation of the system in the event of a loss of electric power to the plant. Through a tragic sequence of events triggered by the test, the reactor core became extremely unstable, eventually resulting in explosions that tore through the containing roof and released radioactive material into the air. The poisoned air would carry as far as western Europe and up into Scandinavia, with the majority of the fallout raining down over the area around the Power Plant and the nearby city of Pripyat, which was home to the workers and young families of the Plant.

The next day, hundreds of buses arrived in Pripyat with an order of an immediate (but temporary) evacuation. Over 49,000 inhabitants would leave their homes (unknowingly), forever. In the days following, evacuations continued to over 70 settlements & villages within an area that would be come to be known as The Exclusion Zone.

I traveled to the Zone to learn more of the history of the world's worst nuclear disaster and to photograph the ghosts that remain as Nature works to reclaim and recover from the hand of man


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57 Channels & Nothing On

The Red Chair

Not Amused

On Edge

Opus of the Dust Bunnies

The Recital

Off the Grid

Ghost Writer

Well Read

The Textbook

Silent Witnesses

Silent Witness 2

Silent Witness 1

The Fleur of Chornobyl Town
Burning through Cash
Cutting Room Floor

Arpeggio of the Dust Bunnies

The Road Warrior
Road Warriors
The Fall of the Soviet Union

The Gymnasium

The Soundboard
Flattened
The Final Note

Keys & Hammers

Fallen
Road Warriors II

Reactor 4 & the new Sarcophagus

Reactor number 4 is seen on the left side, below the chekerboard smokestack. The silver building on the right side is the new sarcophagus (being built by a French firm and funded by nations around the world), which will eventually be slid over top & enclose the reactor; which continues to emit radiation to this day

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