Storytelling
       
     
Drive Shaft
       
     
The USSR Archives
       
     
Broken sink
       
     
School is out
       
     
Into the past
       
     
Get some sleep
       
     
Playtime
       
     
Tricycle
       
     
Fluvial Port
       
     
Blockbuster
       
     
USSR Mosaic
       
     
Good night
       
     
Take a seat
       
     
Bumpercars
       
     
Here Shoe
       
     
Smoking on a bridge
       
     
Universcity
       
     
Uspenskyi Sobor
       
     
Kiev Television Tower
       
     
Zamkowa Góra
       
     
Storytelling
       
     
Storytelling

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

1 of the places that creeps me out the most in the whole area of Chernobyl is the daycare for children. Chernobyl and Prypjat was a very rich area, because most engineers made a lot of money and could afford daycare for their children. You can still find high level of radiation in this area.

The books, dolls and iron can still be found in the abandoned houses. Many of the wooded building have been taken down, due to the fact that radiation stays inside of the wood and was easy to take down.

Drive Shaft
       
     
Drive Shaft

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

The driveshaft has done its duty and was left behind after the evacuation in 1986.

The USSR Archives
       
     
The USSR Archives

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

Underneath the biggest antenna I saw in my life, there is a bunker and building that had mega large Archives from the Sovjet union time during the time Chernobyl reactor was still working.

The Antenna was kept a secret before the disaster in 1986.

Broken sink
       
     
Broken sink

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

A couple of broken sinks in the archives building beneath the antenna of Chernobyl's power plant.

School is out
       
     
School is out

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

On that day, when the whole area of Chernobyl was evacuated, people had no time to take things with them or to clean up.

What you see here is an abandoned class room, probably for children from the age of 14 and up. 

Into the past
       
     
Into the past

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

Have a close look into the past. Time stood still and this is what is left after 31 years. 

This corridor stretches out for more than 500 meters

Get some sleep
       
     
Get some sleep

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

Entering this room gives you the best impression of what happend in just a couple of days in Chernobyl after the disaster.

Many people have been evacuated amongst them a lot of children.

You can find this dormitory in 1 of the daycare houses still remaining 'intact' on the road to the power plant 

Playtime
       
     
Playtime

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

On the bunk beds in this daycare, you find some interesting pieces still laying around. This doll welcomes you into the past and waits for here previous owner to come back someday..

Tricycle
       
     
Tricycle

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

On the way out you can even find a little Tricycle bike parked in front of the daycare.
 

I like the fact that is has no more wheels, showing you that only the iron and plastic seat has survived the test of time.

Fluvial Port
       
     
Fluvial Port

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

Once this was a vivid and energetic port house where many people came to wait for a boat, do some shopping or went to have a beer in the bar next to this beautiful place.

Now it is like the rest, just a ruin.

Blockbuster
       
     
Blockbuster

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

An office of the old theater/ cinema of Chernobyl Prypjat.

The curtains can still be found as wel as some chairs. 

USSR Mosaic
       
     
USSR Mosaic

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

On the outside of the Cinema in Prypjat, you can find a lot of these beautiful mosaic walls. Still very colorful and vivid.

Good night
       
     
Good night

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

Want to spend a night at this abandoned Hotel in Prypjat?

A little too much radiation perhaps! And its hard to find any place to sleep with windows. But still here you can see the city was quite vivid before the evacuation and a lot of foreigners came to work with the Russians and Ukrainians.

 

Take a seat
       
     
Take a seat

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

This is the supermarket in Prypjat. The couches, beds and furniture have been taken from other buildings so to collect it and burn it or destroy it. 

The supermarket still has chopping cards and signs of the old supermarket hanging in the ground floor. 

Bumpercars
       
     
Bumpercars

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017.

At the abandoned theme parkof Prypjat, you find a couple of abandoned attractions like these bumper cars. They look so incredible spooky.. Like children were riding them and just jumped out the moment the evacuation was initiated. Pretty cool place.

Here Shoe
       
     
Here Shoe

Ukraine, Chernobyl, 2017,

A girl lost here shoe during the evacuation. 

In the back a part of the Palace of Culture Energetik.

Smoking on a bridge
       
     
Smoking on a bridge

Ukraine, Kiev, 2017.

A girl from Kiev sneaked up on the bridge to get away from city life and was chilling out with a sigaret. This is taken on an abandoned bridge in the port next to Podil.

Universcity
       
     
Universcity

Ukraine, Kiev, 2017.

Shot from our balcony on a summer evening.

Just as the sun was setting behind the city of Kiev, I saw this great opportunity to capture the 'kyiv mohyla academy'.

Already been build in 1615.

Uspenskyi Sobor
       
     
Uspenskyi Sobor

Ukraine, Kiev, 2017.

Uspenskyi Sobor is the biggest monastery that I have seen so far, which is still used everyday by the people of Kiev.

This picture I took from the Left Bank looking over the central hills of Kiev. 

Kiev Television Tower
       
     
Kiev Television Tower

Ukraine, Kiev, 2017.

On a sunset evening in Kiev, I took my 400mm lens I shot this sunset  with the Kiev Television Tower right in the middle.

Its 386 meters tall and was originally designed for moscow. This structure is 100% welded together.

Zamkowa Góra
       
     
Zamkowa Góra

Ukraine, Kiev, Zamkowa Góra, 2017.

Walking in the hills of the center of Kiev is very cool. Just 5-10 minutes from the energetic center and the Maydan Square you are in a green hill side overlooking the Zamkowa Góra and also the very creative part of kiev, called; Landscape Alley.

I love this fully opened sunflower, 1 of the flower symbols of Ukraine;  It also symbolizes fecundity and fertility, unity and well-being.