March 31, 2004

Sad and Eerie.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 2:19 am

Check out Ghost Town. It is a compilation of photographs of the towns and villages surrounding Chernobyl, virtually all of which have been abandoned following the nuclear catastrophe in 1986. According to the woman who took the photos (“touring” on a motorcycle, armed only with a hand-held radiation meter), the area will be unsafe for the next 48,000 years.

The photographs of the abandoned kindergarten were particuliarly sad.

Via On The Third Hand.


  1. Ten years ago, I interviewed the first film crew to go back into that town. The video of the abandoned town was haunting – especially the amusement park with all the lights still on – but even more disturbing was the audio track that featured the echo of radios that had been left on as people fled. The sound was otherworldly; clearly they were on because people were worried about their fate and were listening to hear directions on what they should do.

    Comment by Jeff — March 31, 2004 @ 8:13 am

  2. An amazing thing–sad, yes, but compelling in some way. I really would like to go there and see it for myself.

    48,000 years. That is staggering.

    Comment by zombyboy — March 31, 2004 @ 11:24 am

  3. Thanks for posting this Jim. Too often we forget some of the things worth remembering.

    Comment by Larry — March 31, 2004 @ 6:09 pm

  4. I viewed these pictures this evening care of Sarah (TryingtoGrok). I had the same haunting feeling as I did seeing Kim duToit’s pics of Dauchau. Although the causes were so different on so many levels, the waste of humanity that resulted was equally sad. It should not be forgotton.

    Comment by MargeinMI — March 31, 2004 @ 7:49 pm

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