amazing photo essay, you really captured the haunted feel of the place.👏👏
That must have been an interesting and thought provoking visit. Captured well in this photo story.
Fantastic pics thanks for sharing
Superb photo essay Jamie, it must have been an incredible trip to make. Have you ever seen the film Stalker directed by Andrei Tarkovsky? It was made several years before the Chernobyl disaster but is set in a strange, otherworldy place that resembles it.
Thanks for the positive feedback! Have a few more pics which ill add on shortly… Love STALKER.
Love the church pic!! Great job!!!
This is cool
Interesting to see. Especially the church ~ beauty amidst the destruction.
Strong and stunning images, you capture the atmosphere so well
Great insight and maybe remembered so we don’t repeat again I also love the church well done👏🙏
Ahhhh, the Church! Makes one really wonder, plus it looks so pristine and serene as well! Beautiful, hubby told me I was nuts because I’d love to go too🙏🙏🙏
Great story. How come you went there?
Scary yet fascinating😁
The Church and cemetery recorded no radioactivity beyond the background level. Odd.
So damn good!!!
Superb images 👏👏
Thank you so much for the tour! Great photos 😍
Wow! Always wanted to visit this place.
Wow! I’m fascinated with your images. So many questions… I could spend days there! Good job!
Unbelievably amazing!! That one image of the pink flowered wallpaper is gorgeous—even amidst the destruction
This is fantastic.
The childrens’ artifacts remain the most strikingly haunting images. Also, the cash register is an excellent shot among many!
This is why I love Mother Nature. You capture the old ruins well
Wow, what a trip! Thanks for taking us there. I’ve heard that nature is thriving there like never before. Wonderful.
Thank you for the courage To provide us with these pictures.
Amazing… Huge favorite! I have always wanted to go there.
Thanks again for all the positive feedback. Really encouraging. It was an amazing trip. What really struck us was the haunting silence of it all. No birds sang, no movement in the forest. The city is slowly but surely being reclaimed by nature and our guide (from the Ministry of Environment) said the radiation had effected larger animals (deer, boar, bear) but the mutations weren’t carried by the third generation. The wildlife that have really benefited are the catfish. They have no predators any longer and are growing exponentially. I could have sworn one was three metres long! It is a very sad, haunting place that demonstrates the folly of scientific over-reaching and hubris (they deliberately started the meltdown to see if the computer would shut it down. It didn’t). Our guide reckoned the outer Dead Zone (a 20km ring around the inner 10km ring) would be ready for human habitation again in 10 years. See you at the Chernobyl Hilton in 15 years, I guess…
Great essay, thank you! Have you seem these articles? http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/nuclear_power/2013/01/chernobyl_wildlife_the_radioactive_fallout_zone_is_a_wildlife_refuge_photos.html and http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/nuclear_power/2013/01/wildlife_in_chernobyl_debate_over_mutations_and_populations_of_plants_and.html In the words of the great Bob Marley “have no fear for atomic energy coz none of them can stop the time”
…w😳w… …h❤rt br💔kingly b e a u t y f u l l… …who was it that said: “nature abhors a vortex”?…
…& no radiation @ church or cemetery… …curious…
Wow amazing pics
Very interesting. This was a great post.
Wow. This was interesting. Wonderful. Thanks!
Superb! Thoroughly enjoyed this and particularly when I look at images and wish I’d taken them - as I did here. You’ve made me want to visit somewhere that I would never have considered! Thanks for this
What message do you have for Japan? Run away as quickly as possible. Don’t wait. Save yourself and don’t rely on the government because the government lies. They don’t want you to know the truth because the nuclear industry is so powerful. Courtesy of Natalia Manzurova Natalia Manzurova, now 59, has suffered a variety of ailments since she worked at Chernobyl, but she says she is the only member of her team still alive.
An incrediable story and fantastic, poignant pictures. When this happened we had some children from Chenobyl visit us at school. Marks & Spencer had given then a gift bag each. There were 20 of them. The gift bag contained some underclothes, some outerclothes, toiletries and a hair brush and comb … Hardly any of the children had hair. Some had small clumps left and you could tell what colour their hair had been. They were completely overwhemed and they clung to each other and made no attempt to communicate with us. They just stared for some time and then turned away. It depressed me for years and I remember it clearly to this day. Great story Jamie.
What were the levels of radiation? How did you measure them?
A radiation counter? What? Since one sievert represents a massive dose, most measurements are done in either millisieverts (mSv = 1/1000th of a sievert) or, more commonly, microsieverts (uSv = one millionth of a sievert). Dosimeters generally measure in microsieverts. Radiation dose depends on three factors: - the strength of the radiation source - the distance you are from it - the duration of the exposure The effects of radiation on human beings are somewhat unpredictable, but around half of those exposed to 4 sieverts will die, and almost everyone will die when exposed to 10 sieverts. To put this into context, the average exposure from all radiation sources for a member of the public is around 0.26 uSv/hr (one quarter of one millionth of a sievert). The average dose received by nuclear workers is in the 3-25 uSv/hr range. Now let’s look at Chernobyl … Radiation levels in the control room immediately after the explosion reached around 300 Sv/hr - providing a lethal dose in 1-2 minutes. 25 years later, levels inside the reactor hall today are approximately 34 Sv/hr - a lethal dose in 10-20 minutes. Not really somewhere you’d want to include in the itinary. Keeping the crumbling infrastructure intact requires constant maintenance, and some of this work has to be done inside the reactor hall. The body does have the ability to recover from radiation damage, so while a single 20 minute stay in the hall at one time would kill you, it’s possible to accumulate the same dose over a long period and survive. Those working inside the reactor hall are allowed to work for two minutes a month, and are paid ten times the national average salary. Good hours, but I don’t think I’ll be applying … Radiation is partly absorbed by the sarcophagus, and also falls off with the square of the distance, so even 500 metres outside the reactor the typical levels are almost 1000 times lower, and that’s as close as we’d get (though we would briefly experience higher doses elsewhere in the Exclusion Zone). Although I am aware of exposure to cosmic radiation at altitude, ie on a flight, I didn’t know what the actual levels of radiation were - in this case, just over 11uSv/hr. However, the big difference is that cosmic rays pass straight throught the body - they aren’t absorbed, so exposure is limited to the actual time at altitude. Caesium and strontium are absorbed by the body, so are many times more dangerous. The geiger-counter also measures total dose received. What was your total dose for the trip?
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Great thought-provoking post. Thank you. 👍
Brilliant essay. Did you have to get special permits to visit? It’s my holy grail of decay and hVe been thinking of saving up for a trip.
Stunning piece of work, very moving!
Great Essay! Shows that there is beauty even in the mids of destruction
Stunning pics. I could stare at this for hours.
Fantastic!!! I’m so impressed of you and this project you did! Great 👏👏👏