Photo Diary Chernobyl 2015

31 photos of a weird place

In spring 2015 I traveled to a place that has been on my bucket list for a very long time: the ghost town of Prypiat. This is my illustrated travel journal.

The Geiger Counter shows the natural radiation in Kiev.

The Geiger Counter shows the natural radiation in Kiev.
Prschewalski horses in the zone.

Prschewalski horses in the zone.
In one of the small ghost villages within the zone.

In one of the small ghost villages within the zone.
Still far from dangerous.

Still far from dangerous.
This once was a supermarket.

This once was a supermarket.
The gigantic Sovjet radar system Duga-3.

The gigantic Sovjet radar system Duga-3.
Duga-3 was an early warning system for potential NATO attacks.

Duga-3 was an early warning system for potential NATO attacks.
Funny how everything that doesn't make the geiger counter beep suddenly seems to be completely fine.

Funny how everything that doesn’t make the geiger counter beep suddenly seems to be completely fine.
Old sovjet propaganda: YOU, why don't you volunteer?

Old sovjet propaganda: YOU, why don’t you volunteer?
A building used by the military.

A building used by the military.
Gate with Dugan-3 in the broken mirror.

Gate with Dugan-3 in the broken mirror.
It's pronounced nucular!

It’s pronounced nucular!
The city sign of Prypjat.

The city sign of Prypjat.
Prypjat was once a city of almost 50.000 people. Now it's a ghost town since 1986.

Prypjat was once a city of almost 50.000 people. Now it’s a ghost town since 1986.
Downtown Prypjat.

Downtown Prypjat.
Signs for a May parade that never happened.

Signs for a May parade that never happened.
Nature is taking over.

Nature is taking over.
This fun fair never opened.

This fun fair never opened.
Helicopters landed here during the evacuation in 1986.

Helicopters landed here during the evacuation in 1986.
Still not too bad.

Still not too bad.
I wonder when it will collapse.

I wonder when it will collapse.
So many empty apartments.

So many empty apartments.
A postbox (right).

A postbox (right).
An old newspaper on the floor.

An old newspaper on the floor.
A rainy spring day makes everything even more depressing.

A rainy spring day makes everything even more depressing.
More office buildings.

More office buildings.
The apartment buildings are up to 17 stories high.

The apartment buildings are up to 17 stories high.
A former café with a view.

A former café with a view.
The terrace.

The terrace.
The background shows the reactor that exploded in 1986.

The background shows the reactor that exploded in 1986.
The French work on the biggest moveable building in the world: this sarcophagus will be put over the reactor.

The French work on the biggest moveable building in the world: this sarcophagus will be put over the reactor.

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