On April 26, 1986, the biggest man-made disaster in history occurred. A fire was started in the number four reactor at the Chernobyl plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, which created an explosion, causing radioactivity to be released into the atmosphere. The land was immediately deemed unsafe. It’s been over thirty years, and people are now allowed back into the site of the Chernobyl disaster. Photographer Vladimir Migutin went to the site with an infrared camera and the results are absolutely breathtaking.On a two-day trip, he visited the Chernobyl site and captured some incredible pictures like this picture of the Azure Swimming Pool.
It looks more like a stunning watercolor instead of an actual photo.
This farm was once occupied by a family, but is now being consumed by nature.
Even the butterflies think so!
Simon the fox loves to try to get snacks from visitors. Even Vladimir was asked if he had any food to share.
It was once used as part of the early-warning network for the Soviets. It would warn them of incoming ballistics.
Now the decaying piano is just a reminder of what once was.
These bumper cars were once a source of laughter for the children in the area.
Couples on their first date and children shrieking were once able to enjoy the view from the top.
It’s unbelievable this used to be a bustling town, full of workers, and families, until that one devastating day.
The scrapyards have become full of old equipment just like this one.
All along the monumental trail are placards with the names of the villages that were evacuated after the explosion.
It was used to clean the roof of the reactor that failed.
It’s hard to picture anyone ever playing a game of basketball in here.
So, thank-you, Vladimir Migutin, for showing this beautiful perspective of the most disastrous event in history.