Chernobyl. A name forever associated with one of the worst disasters in the history of mankind. On April 26th 1986 at reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear facility, a vessel rupture and a series of explosions occurred after an unsafe system test. This event exposed the graphite moderator components of the reactor to air and the resulting explosion sent a cloud of radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over an extensive geographical area, including the nearby town of Pripyat.
A flourishing town where at that time 50.000 people used to live. Within 2 days they were all evacuated and never returned to their homes again.
Today its like a movie set, a ghost town. The emptyness is overwhelming. Unsuitable for living due to the radioactive contamination it's a nightmare for its former inhabitants, a dream for urban explorers.
In November 2010 I decided to live that dream and together with my girlfriend I went on a journey into the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
A place where 25 years ago everyday life ceased to exist and where nature slowly reclaims its grounds.
Join me on this photographic journey into the void.