Photographer Vladimir Migutin traveled to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to photograph what remained after the catastrophic nuclear plant disaster of 1986. What Migutin found when he arrived, however, was not a barren wasteland, but an amazing example of the power of nature as it flourished through and around the rusted metal of human-made items. Migutin captured this incredible duality in hauntingly beautiful infrared photos.
This place IS the place for these contrasts. It’s pretty hard to describe the overall atmosphere I experienced during this trip. Despite the events of 1986, the ruins, and the rust, I didn’t have grim feelings while traveling there. On the contrary, it felt like I was in a “kind of” paradise on a different planet. Thirty years after the fallout, while men still stay away, the forests, the animals, the plants, everything is thriving, revived by nature.
via My Modern Met