A stunningly beautiful essay by Photographer Jim Krantz. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chernobyl disaster, it was what is considered one of the worlds worst nuclear power plant accidents. Back in 1986, there was a reactor meltdown and the power plant caught fire which sent a plume of nuclear smoke over large parts of Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe as well as the Soviet Union. 60% of the fall out landed in Belarus. As you can imagine this caused a major evacuation and deterioration of the civilization. Chernobyl Ukraine is now considered one of the most radioactive places on the planet.
Although the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and certain limited areas remain off limits, the majority of affected areas are now considered safe for settlement and economic activity, however due to the fear of exposure those areas remain nearly desolate.