Life after Chernobyl

The photography of Sergei Gaschak offers an unimaginable look at the animal life inside – the zone. This is region of Belarus and Ukraine which has officially been closed off to human habitation after Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe that took place in the year 1986. Utilizing camera traps to take pictures mechanically, and at the same time taking pictures personally, Sergei has caught what just few have been able to watch with their very own eyes – and this is the magnificent diversity of wild species that roam within the zone.

One of the 1st rescuers on the nuclear disaster site, Sergei has devoted many years to capture the pictures of owls, otters, lynxes as well as other wild species. In fact he has also found out the brown bear’s footprints. The exclusion region stretches for 4 around the nuclear reactor site, and includes Pripyat that was a thriving Soviet town once with around fifty thousand inhabitants but it has stayed a ghost town after the disaster.

Over 300000 people evacuated this place in the aftermath of the disaster, and just a few hundred obstinate pensioners have came back, daring government bans regarding settlement inside the zone.

At the time of nuclear disaster, there were just few wild species living in the area near the nuclear plant. After humans moved out of the region in the wake of the catastrophe, wild mammals appeared in the place and thrived. While the animals showed high levels of radiation, still they appear normal. But there were no three-headed deer or giant wolves.


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