Photo Story: To Chernobyl and Back. Or how Life Always Prevails

Infrared filters help photographers create a strange, often sinister shade of photos, regardless of the subject. However, when you put on such a filter when shooting in an ominous and creepy place like Chernobyl, the photos are very impressive. Photographer Vladimir Migutin does just that on his trip to Chernobyl.

"It was a spontaneous decision to go there," says Vladimir. "I was born in Belarus in 1986 (the same year that the Chernobyl disaster happened). When I was 5 years old, my family left the Soviet Union. I have bright memories of my early childhood and wanted to visit some places in Minsk, to see the country I was born in and to meet with a few friends who live there. This gave birth to the idea of ??visiting Chernobyl. I found a guide and a group from Belarus who planned a trip there.

"The only challenge in planning such a trip is superstition - this place is filled with negative, painful and evil emotions and memories." After searching for information on the internet, it turned out that today it is not so dangerous and the radiation levels are not lethal . In fact, the average radiation level during my trip was the same as 10,000-meter flight. "

"It's hard to describe the atmosphere. All I know is that I felt the power of mother nature and how it turns human creations into ashes and at the same time brings life from under the ruins. Thirty years later in Chernobyl I felt more life, forests and plants revived by mother nature. I know it sounds a bit poetic, but I really felt that way.

Chernobyl certainly is not a dream destination for many people. But the pictures are worth it.

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To Chernobyl and Back

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