Infrared photography series looks to show chernobyl in whole new light

By Jack Williams


This fascinating photo series looks to show the bleak isolation of Chernobyl like never before, with all of the images featured shot using INFRARED FILTERS.

Such a technique allowed photographer Vladimir Migutin to bring out the finite details in the likes of abandoned buses, radar systems and homes, as the red hues make them pop out against the icy backdrops.

Vladimir, 32, recently released the series to the public, having visited the site in July last year.

PIC BY VLADIMIR MIGUTIN / CATERS

It was a spontaneous trip, the photographer said, with the sole intention being to tell a different story behind the site of the 1986 catastrophe.

He said: “We always hear praises of the might of Mother Nature, how it renders useless men creations, and bearing life above the ruins.

“Well, it’s something that is always felt, but never in such a huge scale, and this place is the place for these contrasts.

“Thirty years after the fallout, while men are still away, the forests, the animals, the plants, it felts like everything is thriving, revived by Mother Nature.

PIC BY VLADIMIR MIGUTIN / CATERS

“It sounds a bit with pathos, but it’s really how it feels.”

Having been born in Belarus in 1986, the year of the disaster, Vladimir left the Soviet Union age 5, along with his family.

The photographer, who now lives in Israel, said he has fond memories of his childhood in Easter Europe, and so  decided last summer to explore how certain Soviet Union countries have altered ever since.

Shooting Chernobyl in infrared also provided a great thrill, Vladimir said, as using such a technique means that you never know how an image will turn out until you observe the final version.

PIC BY VLADIMIR MIGUTIN / CATERS

He was helped by equipment provided by Kolari Vision, a company that specializes in infrared image conversions.

He added: “It’s a very important site for the world, and also a big lesson for humanity.

“The purpose of this album was to show Chernobyl in different colours and mood, as I felt while being there, and to tell a bit different story: despite what happened there 30 years ago, much has changed since, and if someone is considering a one or two day trip to this unique place, they should know that it totally worth it.

“From the artistic perspective, it turned out to be a stalker-like album.”

Vladimir’s images can be found on his Instagram and Facebook pages: https://www.instagram.com/vladimir.migutin/ and https://www.facebook.com/Vladimir.Migutin