Haunting images from town abandoned after nuclear disaster 30 years ago
These are the haunting photos of a town devastated by the world’s worst nuclear disaster 30 years ago.
Photojournalist and tourist guide Anton Petrus, from near Kiev in the Ukraine, took the photos in Pripyat – the city famous for the Chernobyl disaster which shook the world in 1986.
A half-finished game of chess, a sea of gas masks and a newspaper from 1986 are just some of the scenes 29-year-old Anton captured.
Photographing the area, once home to 50,000 people, he said: “Pripyat is the worst place I’ve ever been.
“I first visited five years ago and the first thing I thought was ‘this place looks like our planet after humanity disappears’.”
Abandoned beds, cots, wheelchairs and bedpans litter the hospital where he shot some of the images.
“The hospital I took pictures in was terrible. Some of the guys I was with likened it to Silent Hill – it’s only lacking only the nurses with knives.”
“The scope of the disaster is somehow felt here the most, perhaps because it wasn’t plundered or because of the feeling that thousands of lives passed through this building.
“I definitely wouldn’t want to be there after sunset.”
He explained that he also found photographing the classrooms difficult.
Anton said: “It seems that if you listen hard enough you will hear the children’s voices.”