Exclusion Zone: 10 Gloomy Photos Of Chernobyl Taken Through An Infrared Filter

Date June 7, 2019

The incident at Chernobyl nuclear power plant occurred on April 26, 1986. The largest anthropogenic catastrophe in history turned this region into a wasteland for many years. But now, Chernobyl has opened its gates for people from all over the world to visit the abandoned city and its surroundings. It has become a dream destination for brave photographers, travelers, and just thrill-seekers, who want to see everything with their own eyes.

Photographer Vladimir Migutin visited Chernobyl and the neighboring town of Pripyat for a photo shoot. His pictures look particularly gloomy due to the infrared filter, which adds a special mystical atmosphere. Would you like to take a look at the photographer’s vision of the exclusion zone?

Photos by Vladimir Migutin

Simon - a friendly fox, who often approaches groups in the exclusion zone, asking for food.

Toys that the children left behind.

The sarcophagus of the nuclear power plant.

An abandoned gym in the city of Pripyat.

A broken grand piano.

It used to be an amusement park once.

Pripyat, a ghost town.

The forest.

At Chernobyl's checkpoint.

Nature at Chernobyl

Many people who go to Chernobyl expect to see a city without a single soul. But it’s not so. When humans left, the area became inhabited by various animals. Nowadays, the exclusion zone is a unique place occupied by around 300 species. Not only is the fauna not impoverished, but also renewed with new species, many of which used to be on the verge of extinction.

Here is how professor Jim Smith of the University of Portsmouth commented on this unique situation:

Whatever negative effects there are from radiation, they are not as large as the negative effects of having people there.

People were forced to give nature a rest. And now it is a real wildlife preserve!

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