In 1986, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine exploded. The people of the city and neighboring towns were forced to flee their homes, leaving behind their homes, their belongings, their memories. Today, many areas remain uninhabited and devoid of any life since the disaster. Roland Verant is a photographer who has dared to travel to the forgotten city of Pripyat and reveal its sad face. The city is located at a distance of 3 km from the nuclear plant. Follow him in his a unique exploration!
Pripyat is one of the towns abandoned after the nuclear disaster, located only 3 kilometers from Chernobyl, it is one of the cities that was most exposed to radiation.
Roland Verant aged 35, came all way from Vienna to take these interesting photographs of Pripyat, nearly 30 years after the disaster.
The city was seriously contaminated by nuclear radiations due to the explosion in the Ukrainian nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986.
Despite the fact that Pripyat is still contaminated and it is prohibited to go there, the street artist broke all the safety rules to visit it and take these amazing shots.
When the tragedy happened the authorities were very late to react and ordered the 50,000 residents of the city to leave the next day.
Scientists, workers, employees and military personnel evacuated the city in haste with their families, leaving behind almost all their belongings.
Many would have never thought that they would never return to that place which was once their home.
In fact, the first nuclear power plant to be installed in Ukraine was Chernobyl. Poorly maintained, one of its reactors exploded on April 26, 1986. It is the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever known.
Slowly nature is again reclaiming this place.
At that time the city was holding a trade fair, as a result many new cars and vehicles were in that city.
The buildings have been damaged with the time, paint peeling out and the windows have lost their pans.
It took three hours to evacuate all the families from the city.
The families left everything as if they would return next day. One can see unmade beds, food on the table and stuffed refrigerators.
An abandoned swimming pool, with layers of dust on the diving board and on the ground.
Its creepy, you can see the footprints on the ground.
A view of the city abandoned since 30 years.
A boat abandoned on the lake.
Radioactivity was worst in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus but the contamination cloud extended across the Europe.
The Sun sets in Pripyat, Ukraine.
Fragments of furniture, glass are strewn around the city but the buildings are still standing.
Now nature is slowly reclaiming this abandoned city and the wildlife has thrived.
Roland took all the risks to take these pictures filled with nostalgia and sadness. In writing, we were shocked to see these places abandoned for the last 30 years, but still seem to be imbued with life: made beds, meals half completed And you, would you dare enter these cities where radiation levels are dangerously high or would you stay out and discover other exciting places?