Photo by @GerdLudwig
31 years ago, on April 26, 1986 reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant blew up. The radioactive fallout spread over thousands of square kilometers, driving more than a quarter of a million people permanently from their homes. It remains the worst nuclear accident to date.
In 2011, the Ukrainian government legalized trips to the Chernobyl exclusion zone allowing it to become a disaster-tourism destination. The most riveting attraction for visitors is the ghost town of Pripyat: dolls are scattered in abandoned kindergartens, floors are rotting, paint is peeling from the walls, and gas masks litter-evacuated schools.
Pripyat today bears less than honest witness to its abrupt abandonment as visitors have changed its landscape: first the scavengers, who stripped the rooms of valuables and now the tourists. With limited time in the zone, the visitors often alter the abandoned environment, making compositions to be photographed close-up by countless cameras and phones.
The ever-falling chips of chalk from the ceilings have blanketed some of these “still-lifes,” often creating the illusion for the next visitors that this is how the evacuees hastily abandoned the scene.
You can learn more about Chernobyl from my book and iPad app The Long Shadow of Chernobyl. @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#TheLongShadowOfChernobyl#Chernobyl#nuclear#environment#disaster#dolls#tourism
Softer, softest. #MACArtoftheEye
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So honored to be a Time 100 honoree!!
6 days until the 2017 #MetGala! In anticipation of the first Monday in May, we're posting daily throwbacks to a few of our favorite moments from #MetGalas past and present. Here, @iamnaomicampbell attended the 1990 #MetGala, themed "Théâtre de la Mode." See more in the link in our bio.
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Ugh Coachella was just the best
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The #AJXXXI 'Why Not?' drops Saturday.
Awww he's Half Romeo from PJ mask and half Joker..... God has blessed me with such a sweet little boy 🏽
This past Saturday, the world of athletics experienced an evolution of sport and entertainment, the world's first ever BAYWATCH SLOW MO CHALLENGE.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS, Hannah Sexton, Patrick Batiste and Quinn Boylan. Hannah, we'll see you in Miami for the #Baywatch premiere. ** Now for some MORE FUN.. go ahead and post your own #SlowMoChallenge using the hashtags #Baywatch#SlowMoChallenge. We'll pick ONE WINNER and fly you & and guest out to Miami to join me and our cast for our #BAYWATCH WORLD PREMIERE. Be creative, be FUNNY because as you know, everything is better in Slo Mo. I mean EVERYTHING. As an added incentive the winner gets to take a selfie with Zac's 36 pack abs. Just abs 1-11. Anything higher than that is inappropriate. #SlowMoChallenge#WhoNeedsMouthToMouth? #BAYWATCH
Behind the scenes, before the sun rises. Watch our story for a peek inside the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. #starbucksreserve #R