Filmmaker Danny Cooke used a drone to offer an entirely new angle on the abandoned Soviet city of Pripyat, which became famous for the Chernobyl meltdown on April 26, 1986. He described the experience of visiting the haunting site:
Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son.
It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate.
During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.
Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored…
More than three decades after the disaster, efforts to clean-up Chernobyl are still required, so videos like that created by Cooke are essential. We must learn from the mistake of Chernobyl to ensure we never have to go through something similar in the future.