A swimming pool lies empty, plants encroach through broken windows, hospital bed frames are red with rust and Soviet signs and murals are faded ruins of what was once art from another world. This is Pripyat, Ukraine, and it’s been abandoned since 1986.
This eerie video shot using a drone shows the near post-apocalyptic destruction caused by the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant. After an unexpected power surge created an enormous explosion in one of the plant’s reactors, Chernobyl and the entire city of Pripyat were evacuated in just three hours, and no one has returned since.
Gliding over concrete tower blocks, empty children’s playgrounds and a solemnly static Ferris wheel, Danny Cooke‘s drone captures the vast emptiness of Pripyat. “There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place,” he said on his return from Ukraine. “Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.”
His film is our pick of the week – watch it below to be transported into this desolate city.
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