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 form a strange space of transition. A place where, 30 years after the accident, humans stay away, but animals and nature continue.
Using a full spectrum camera and a 590nm infrared filter, Migutin documented this incredibly surreal environment. Surprisingly, when walking through the area he did not perceive a melancholic atmosphere, a consequence of the tragedy that took place. Instead, he found himself transported to a “kind of ‘paradise’ of a different planet.”
By using an infrared filter, Migutin’s vision of Chernobyl acquires an ethereal air. The abandoned machinery is surrounded by a forest of pink tones while Simon, a friendly fox with humans, is portrayed on a background of white trees.
Migutin’s infrared photography reveals the invisible as something new, bathing the abandoned landscape with a light that we normally can not perceive.
Migutin’s visit to Chernobyl is a reminder of nature’s resilience, as well as a warning about the consequences of man-made technology and how they can have a lasting impact on our planet.
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