Watch this drone footage of Chernobyl’s Zone of Alienation (Wired UK)


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Postcards from Pripyat, ChernobylDanny Cooke

British cinematographer Danny Cooke has captured the abandoned
city of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Zone Of
Alienation on film using a drone.

Cooke shot the footage when he was in Chernobyl on assignment
with CBS, and flew the drone over and around the city to capture
the state of decay it is in. Pripyat is in some ways a ghost town
— it has been a long time since anyone lived there — but at the
same time, it is a tourist attraction and it does not remain
perfectly preserved or untouched. Due to fast-decaying isotopes,
Pripyat now has low enough levels of radiation for people to
explore, so there are plenty of visual representations available of
what the city looks like.

Cooke’s video, however, shows the city from a different
perspective — from above, from below from side-on. Perhaps one of
the most striking things about Pripyat when it’s observed from
above is how it has been reclaimed by nature. Despite the Chernobyl
nuclear disaster and the
departure of humans, life went on there and even flourished. Plants
and trees and birds took over where human development ceased.

“Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places
I’ve been,” says Cooke, writing on his Vimeo page. “I can’t imagine
how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of
locals who evacuated.

“During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of which was
my guide Yevgein, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week
together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of
Prypiat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about
this place.”

The potential of drones to help out not just after disaster
situations, but amidst them has been widely talked about and the
film does give you some idea of what a clear vision they could
provide of areas that humans couldn’t otherwise enter.

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28 November 2014 | 2:35 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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