A Photographic Journey Through Chornobyl's Exclusion Zone
by Olena Sullivan
Back in 2008, two urban exploration photographers came together with an idea for a project that would take them to the irradiated landscape of Chornobyl’s Exclusion Zone and the ghost city of Prypyat.
The book Volatile Particles: A Photographic Journey Through Chornobyl’s Exclusion Zone is a result of my subsequent visit to the area in September, 2009. These photographs document the area 23 years after the nuclear disaster that changed the world and show how impermanent man-made structures truly are compared to the resilience of nature. The personal accounts and stories have been gathered from my blog entries, personal journal during the two day excursion, and translated conversations with our guides and residents in the area.
Olena Sullivan is a Toronto-based graphic designer and photographer with a great love for the urban landscape. Her work explores the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, that all things expose their true beauty once they have succumbed to time and the elements. Photographing sites in their time of decay and decline and displaying these photos along with their history, her aim is to show the beauty in the forgotten while educating the public about these important pieces of our architectural history.