Dan finishing up after taking some complex shots inside the tower
The unfinished cooling tower for reactor #5.
A one-way trip to the exclusion zone. Trains rust in the railyard.
Equipment used to clean and bury the "red forest" is still to radioactive to touch.
A meticulously crafted mosaic fades and crumbles at the entrance to the music hall.
A gas mask was at the ready for every man, woman, and child in Pripyat. Intended as a means of protection from American attack more so than from nuclear disaster.
The frozen town of Pripyat is slowly swallowed by the encroaching forest.
Upon exiting the exclusion zone, each person must be tested to check for elevated radiation levels. Fortunately we all passed!
Countless abandoned homes sit crumbling in the town of Chernobyl.
Trucks and other vehicles used in the cleanup effort were unuseable afterwards because of the radiation. Some rest in the old soccer field as a monument to the liquidation effort.
Taking in the views atop the Woodpecker antenna.
The 500+ foot ladder climb to the top of the antenna left my arms feeling like jello. Our trip leader planted his homeland's flag atop the structure (Poland, if you were wondering.)
The woodpecker antennas were once a top secret military installation used to detect American missile launches before the advent of advanced sensing satellites.
Ukrainian budget woes and the relatively high cost of scrap steel has driven a new type of economy in the exclusion zone: scrapping. Buildings are being hacked apart and sold to scrap metal dealers.
Reactor #5 sees few visitors. Where else in the world can you roam the inner bowels of a nuclear reactor complex?
The construction site of reactor #6 was barely underway was construction was immediately halted.
Dan prepares his large format camera for a shot of the stained glass artwork.
A firemen's helmet is a reminder of the human sacrifice. This was one of the most radioactive items that we came across on the entire trip.
The waterfront was once a locale for pleasure and enjoyments. It now rusts in isolation, flooded by recent rains.
Dan prepares to photograph a derelict piano.
Decay is a creeping force. Pripyat is slowly fading. Crack by crack. Drop by drop.
Pripyat's main square. Once a grandiose center of a modern city, it now lies overgrown and forgotten.
The Pripyat amusement park was scheduled to open just days after the disaster. It is one of the eeriest parts of Pripyat.
The "Jupiter Factory" was a heavily fortified campus in Pripyat that supposedly built secret military radios.