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Chernobyl Today: A Creepy Story told in Pictures
September 25, 2009 5:32 PM   Subscribe


 
ewwww....
posted by Joe Beese at 5:34 PM on September 25, 2009


The New Nikon D100 comes with a Cliché Filter. ">Aim it at any subject, and the D100 will do the rest!
posted by mattoxic at 6:06 PM on September 25, 2009


DANG
posted by mattoxic at 6:07 PM on September 25, 2009


This reminds me of the time I went to Buffalo.
posted by jimmythefish at 6:22 PM on September 25, 2009 [4 favorites]


Uh-oh, mattoxic, I think the Cliche Filter failed.
posted by localroger at 6:26 PM on September 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


I do not like HDR.
posted by killdevil at 6:28 PM on September 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Seeing all those schoolbooks, I can't help but think of Burgess Meredith yelling "it's not fair!" in the Twilight Zone episode TIme Enough at Last

Although there have been several photo collections taken in Prypiat in the last 5 or 10 years, I never tire of seeing new photographs. It really touches that part of the mind that wonders what life after the fall of the modern world could be like. All those 70's and 80's post-apocalyptic films I saw growing up, and there's now places that you can actually compare it to.
posted by chambers at 6:31 PM on September 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was severely unimpressed with the end of the comment that went with mattoxic's linked photo:

"Left: “One of the five schools of Pripyat, each teaching about 1000 children. The schools have remained relatively intact considering the problems with looters eight years ago. I guess books don’t hold much value to the poor. “
posted by Solon and Thanks at 6:37 PM on September 25, 2009


Not to be snarky but is this a different set of Chernobyl photographs from any of the other sets that've been posted over the years?
posted by scalefree at 6:42 PM on September 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Not to be snarky but is this a different set of Chernobyl photographs from any of the other sets that've been posted over the years?

Yep, the last set I saw going around was from a motorcyclist that drove through the area.
posted by chambers at 6:45 PM on September 25, 2009


Yeah there were those but there were at least a couple others, here & here. I may have missed some.
posted by scalefree at 6:51 PM on September 25, 2009


The Truth About Chernobyl is a really good book that explains how it happened.
posted by neuron at 7:50 PM on September 25, 2009


I'm still not tired of Chernobyl photos. Thanks!
posted by snofoam at 7:58 PM on September 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


I remember reading somewhere that the motorcycle pix story was highly embellished -- apparently it was done by someone on an organized tour. Not sure of the details though.
posted by crapmatic at 8:11 PM on September 25, 2009


As a photographer, I often wonder if the "HDR" multiscale spatial filtering effects are really necessary, or help the story. One of the best ways to present tragedy is without embellishment, IMHO.

In other words, aren't the images of this abandoned, aging city powerful enough without running them through a visual distortion pedal?
posted by fake at 10:31 PM on September 25, 2009


I had not seen the shot of how the forest has taken over the streets. One nice thing about these continuing series is that it should be relatively easy to put together an interesting chronology in another 20 years or so.
posted by maxwelton at 11:38 PM on September 25, 2009


fake, it bothers me as well when it becomes obvious that people 'propped' a shot. The broken globe on a desk feels propped, and I'm glad the photographer acknowledged that the teddy bear in the amusement park was.

Operating room was interesting, never knew that tile fell off walls in big chunks like that.
posted by dabitch at 2:07 AM on September 26, 2009


Yeah, I had just come in say, after a quick glance that whenever I see teddy bears/dolls in disaster photos I just think of Damien Day / The Wire
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:20 AM on September 26, 2009


Hey, what happened thar?
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 4:03 AM on September 26, 2009


Radiation? That's nonsense!

Nature is doing a mighty fine job of recovery. A few hundred years and everything will be as right as rain...

So, how come you never see dolls in post-apocalyptic dystopias with their heads *not* ripped off or otherwise danaged? Artistic licence?!
posted by markkraft at 4:05 AM on September 26, 2009


“Store #1”

“Rainbow”

“Happy to provide service from 11 to 20 (?)
Lunch from 14 to 15”
“Saturday from 9 to 17
Lunch from 13 to 14”


Lunch was earlier on Saturday?
posted by zennie at 7:08 AM on September 26, 2009


It's a great wikipedia entry, but scroll to Steam explosion risk for a description of amazing bravery
posted by mattoxic at 7:50 AM on September 26, 2009


> It's a great wikipedia entry, but scroll to Steam explosion risk for a description of amazing bravery

That's an incredible, horrific story I hadn't heard before. I googled the names of the engineers to learn more, and it led to this (a LJ entry, so who knows how accurate it is?):

"These three men both entered the water under the reactor, managed to open the gates, and were never seen again, they never surfaced. Theories suggest that they managed to make it to the gates while being irradiated, but once they were there, it was too late, and there bodies succumbed to acute radiation poisoining. Other theories suggest that they boiled to death from the intense heat of the molten graphite."

*shudder*
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:07 AM on September 26, 2009


I bet Neil Young hates HDR photos.
posted by zzazazz at 1:37 PM on September 26, 2009


All I could think about while seeing this was that I should be looking through rooms for bottlecaps/ammo and the right pieces of junk to build a Railway Rifle.
posted by rhythim at 2:55 PM on September 26, 2009


Looking through the photos, I had the strange experience of see photographs of a real-world place after walking through it virtually. Specifically, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's best segment (imho) has a flash back sequence where you sneak around in the ruins of Chernobyl in a ghilee suit and snipe an arms trader's arm off.

Without having to think about it I easily recognized several of the areas. You walk through the building with the pool, the apartment building with the decorative letters is where you snipe from, and the fair ground is where the climactic shoot out of the level occurs while you wait to be picked up.

Pretty surreal.
posted by arcolz at 5:11 AM on September 28, 2009


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