The rest of the pics that are in the series are freaking amazing. This girl on a motorcycle just goes around taking pictures of the stillness that remains of the empty area. You can feel the silence.
Are you a member of the SA forums? Thats where I saw the photos. I'll try and find the link for the whole story.
Here is the site:
Its a photo-report by a young (quite attractive) russian woman who travels through the vast Dead Zone surrounding the power plant.
I recommend to take some time to read the whole report (27 pages). Sometimes you´ll smile about her dry, laconic humour and some of her english mistakes are charming, but towards the end of the article I had a hard time fighting back the tears!
What an amazing story. Today is the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
We really are geeks, you know.....
Veering off topic here, but sometime around the early 90s, I met a group of children at a summer camp here in PA who had been evacuated from a Ukrainian village near the reactor. They had been brought over by a charitable organization.
We noticed that except for one boy around 13-14 years old, their chaperones only let them in the swimming pool for around 10 or 15 minutes. We asked why, and they told us they were afraid that long exposure to the sun's UV rays could trigger something-- there's an extremely high incidence of thyroid cancer among people who lived in the area. We then asked why the one boy didn't have to leave the pool with the others. They told us that in his case it wasn't going to matter, so they were letting him enjoy himself as much as was possible.
Now THAT would make you cry.
Seeing Elenas Chernobyl pictures it's really quite chilling that Andre Tarkovsky shot his film "Stalker" (1979) around Tchernobyl as well.. in one scene, the actual Tchernobyl power plant (still functioning at the time) is seen.
The film is about an abandoned zone where no one lives or is allowed to enter - it is filled with abandoned houses, deserted buildings and vegetation growing over remnants of civilisation. In the film, something happened but no one really knows what - probably something extraterrestial.
Looking at those pictures, it is almost as if that zone has become a reality - at least the atmosphere of the Elena's pictures bear a striking resemblance to the movie in which lots of deserted places and houses are shown.
(Besides there's a video game out called "Stalker- Oblivion Lost" or something that exploits this setting as well) *** Edited 4/27/2005 9:28:31 PM UTC by superman***
Are you a member of the SA forums? Thats where I saw the photos.
Excuse me, the what?
Oh...those forums? Yeah. Kinda.
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