The ghost town of Pripyat, Chernobyl, it became one of the most mysterious and significant sights after the nuclear disaster in 1986. Being able to visit a city that still stands up, but is also completely empty, caught the attention of filmmaker Danny Cooke, who entered the ghost town of Pripyat with his camera, his drone and a radiation meter (geiger) to capture stunning images in bird’s eye view.
The only life at Pripyat is the flora that makes its way through the rubble and buildings still standing despite the passage of time in a city devastated by the nuclear disaster in late 80’s. Occasionally the curious tourists, who come to see first hand the aftermath of a hard part of the history, provide the human warmth that this ghost town lacks.
This interest in knowing a little closer this chapter of history in which Chernobyl and its surroundings ceased to exist because of a nuclear explosion, drew the attention of Danny Cooke, freelance filmmaker and cinematographer born in southern England, to shoot this video.
According to Cooke: ‘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 and effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy’.
Also, he tells that during his stay in the city he met many amazing people, one of whom was his guide Yevgein. ‘There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us’.
Pripyat was a model city of Soviet society expressly built for families of workers in the nuclear plant. It was a complete city with theaters, cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, and a complete transportation system. The city was settled in a strategic area with a mild climate, fertile soil under and next to a river.
An explosion in the sector 4 of Chernobyl nuclear power plant, caused by overheating, destroyed everything that was around. Pripyat was no exception and all its inhabitants were evicted from a major nuclear disaster. It was even greater than the Hiroshima bomb 1945.