Russian photographer Vladimir Migutin recently ventured into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, armed with an infrared camera from Kolari Vision. The 1,000 square miles surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is a strange, transitional space. A place where, 30 years after the fallout, humans stay away, but animals and nature carry on.
Using a full spectrum camera and a 590nm infrared filter, Migutin documented this incredibly surreal environment. Surprisingly, he didn't feel a melancholy atmosphere when wandering through the area, one where such tragedy had taken place. Instead, he was transported into a “‘kind of' paradise' on a different planet.”
By using an infrared filter, Migutin's vision of Chernobyl takes on an ethereal air. Abandoned machinery is surrounded by pink-hued forest while Simon, a human-friendly fox, has his portrait taken against a background of white trees. Migutin's infrared photography renders the invisible as something new, bathing the abandoned scenery in a light we normally cannot see.
Migutin's visit to Chernobyl is a reminder of the resilience of nature, as well as a warning about the consequences of manmade technology and how they can have a lasting impact on our planet.
Through the use of infrared photography, Vladimir Migutin takes us on a unique tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
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