February 8, 2013 7

3 Years of Pripyat and Chernobyl pictures – A Gallery

It’s been 3 years since i first set foot in Chernobyl and Pripyat over 8 days later and 2000 pictures i decided to put together a collection of Chernobyl pictures which sums up my visits to the Zone.

For the last 3 years i’ve spent over 8 days in Pripyat exploring as much of the city as possible as well as the surrounding areas and the small town of Slavutich (the town which was built for the workers of the clean up)

What Is Chernobyl & Pripyat?

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe.

Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970 to house workers for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979 but was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster. It was the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union at the time and its population was around 49,000 before the accident at the power plant.

Maybe one day in the future i will visit Pripyat again, the area has changed a lot just in the last 3 years, it would certainly be interesting to see what it looks like in another 3 years.

I decided to have a little re-edit of my pictures from the zone from all of my trips and i’d like to share some of the best.

 

7 Responses to "3 Years of Pripyat and Chernobyl pictures – A Gallery"

  1. Adam

    March 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Really enjoyed looking at these. thankyou 🙂

  2. Jay Mason-Burns

    April 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Wow, just WOW. Thank you for this amazing photo-journey. It must have felt like you’d gone to a post apocalyptic world. Your photos are so dynamic and vivid and I particularly love the pics of the concert hall, the houseboat and the train yard. I have visited an abandoned train yard in the Staffordshire and I felt so wonderfully alive walking around taking photos (which are quite basic compared to yours!) and soaking up the atmosphere of a place forgotten by man and reclaimed by Nature.
    Thank you so much for sharing your photos and keep them coming
    Be well
    Jay
    Birmingham, UK

  3. William Thomas

    April 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Brought up as a teen in the 80’s the entire nuclear threat was a scary one. Comes as no surprise that myself (any many others I find online) have a morbid curiosity with nuclear devastation – I Google Pripyat
    now and again and it’s as haunting now as the first time I saw it. Urge people to Google the accident and read up on the heroic actions of those working in the plant during the end game. Thanks for the pictures.

  4. Staffordshire Arts

    April 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Came across your site from a news article on BBC. Just fascinating. Particularly interested in the concert hall photo at Pripyat. Thanks for sharing your work,

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  6. Lindsay

    November 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Came across some of your pictures in a BBC Article and googled your name to find your site. What a pleasure to find MORE pictures! Honestly – I wanted to find your site to hopefully tell you that they are, quite definitively, the best pictures of Pripyat that I have seen…they capture the stark desolation with haunting emotion.

    Thank you for sharing them.

  7. Matt Carlson

    May 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    these pictures are wonderful, they carry with them the depressing nature of what would happen after humans, but also the enlightening feeling of the reclamation of this world by nature. recently, a standalone game called Dayz came out. many of the buildings in the game reminded me of your pictures.

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