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Amazing Chernobyl photos made with infrared camera

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.


If you want to see more of Migutin´s work visit his Instagram

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