Ukraine: Dozens of Cold War gas masks line the floor in a primary school. HAUNTING photos show how nature is reclaiming a city abandoned after a nuclear disaster 33 years ago. A project of two years of research, the haunting remains of Chernobyl and Pripyat in Ukraine shows vines snaking around a ruined bumper of the car, the skeletal remains of a grocery store looted and creepy gas masks set up in an old schoolroom. (Credit: Media Drum World)
Creepy photos that recently to show how nature is reclaiming an abandoned city, 33 years after the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl.
The distressing pictures show what is left of the cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat in the Ukraine with gas masks scattered about and dolls, deserted in a daycare.
Other fascinating photos show an abandoned supermarket with a shopping trolley outside and a rusting bumper of the car.
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The Dutch photographer Erwin Zwaan, 47, traveled to the 18-mile zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the North of Ukraine, in 2016 and 2018, to the picture of the haunted ruins.
The power plant and the nearby town of Pripyat, once home for 50,000 people remain more or less untouched for three decades after they were evacuated in 1986.
“Chernobyl is unlike any other place,” Swan explained.
Ukraine: gas masks left on a school bench. (Credit: Media Drum World)
“It is unreal, impressive, sad, but also beautiful. You’re roaming around in an area where the chapters ended and at the same time a new chapter started.
“Nature took over and is doing very well. I don’t think there is any other place that has so many facets, just like a lot of stories.”
Chernobyl was the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster when the Number 4 reactor overheated during a failed safety test in the night of 25 and 26 April 1986.
The explosion and fire that raged for nine days and sent radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over Europe.
Ukraine: Beds in a former nursery that slowly rust away. (Credit: Media Drum World)
At least 31 people died, including two at the scene and dozens more who succumbed to radiation sickness in the following weeks, but the number of deaths including cancer can eventually hit the 4,000.
For Swan, who focused more on his photography after almost losing his sight when he was 32, it is important to remember that the consequences of the terrible nuclear disaster.
“The message I try to convey in this book is to raise awareness for this disaster that still goes on today,” added Swan, which will be used are the Canon EOS 5D Mark 3 and Mark 4 for the photos.
Nowadays, more than 10,000 tourists are discovering the disaster of the site each year.
This story originally appeared in The Sun.