‘Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl’, Haunting Drone Footage of a City Evacuated After the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

While working on an episode of the CBS television news show 60 Minutes in the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine, filmmaker Danny Cooke captured drone footage of the area that was deserted in the wake of the catastrophic 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The haunting images in Cooke’s short film “Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl” are accentuated by its soundtrack featuring Hannah Miller‘s song “Promise Land.”

During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.

Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored.

Rebecca Escamilla
Rebecca Escamilla

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