The Nuclear power plant sarcophagus, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Russian photographer Vladimir Migutin recently ventured into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, armed with an infrared camera from Kolari Vision. The 1,000 square miles surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is a strange, transitional space. A place where, 30 years after the fallout, humans stay away, but animals and nature carry on.
Using a full spectrum camera and a 590nm infrared filter, Migutin documented this incredibly surreal environment. Surprisingly, he didn’t feel a melancholy atmosphere when wandering through the area, one where such tragedy had taken place. Instead, he was transported into a “‘kind of’ paradise’ on a different planet.”
By using an infrared filter, Migutin’s vision of Chernobyl takes on an ethereal air. Abandoned machinery is surrounded by pink-hued forest while Simon, a human-friendly fox, has his portrait taken against a background of white trees. Migutin’s infrared photography renders the invisible as something new, bathing the abandoned scenery in a light we normally cannot see.
Migutin’s visit to Chernobyl is a reminder of the resilience of nature, as well as a warning about the consequences of manmade technology and how they can have a lasting impact on our planet.