After the worst nuclear disaster in history at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, over 200,000 people living within a 30km radius were evacuated to other cities, most never to return. Some, desperately unhappy with their new lives began to break back into the exclusion zone to resettle despite the risks. Although the exclusion zone is still in place and will remain so for many years due to elevated levels of radioactivity, the government eventually legalised a handful of resettlers, all over 70 years old. Ivan and his wife live happily with their cats amongst the radioactive hotspots, a few kilometers from the nuclear power plant
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KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-09-07 18:43
what a story, nick ~ a really fine example of documentary journalism, well done you. what a tough, tough life ~ but they do look as if they at least have some measure of peace to be back home, such as it is, despite the risks and their apparent grinding poverty. wow, need to catch my breath after this one... very emotional, a really great capture.
thanks for sharing ~
p.s. what on earth are you doing there?
Antipodean (1658) 2013-09-07 22:35
Kia ora Nick,
an interesting but sad story. Your photo captures perfectly the ongoing tragedy. You can see this & the confusion in their faces, particulalrly that of the woman. Well done. Cheers, Neil
wolf38 (31282) 2013-09-07 22:49
Hi Nick. Chernobyl. It seems as if time stood still. My compliments for this natural and authentic photo. There are so many details to see. Best composition. The photo has reference to this place, but it is also a masterful portrait of this old couple. Really an outstanding contribution to TE.
cagla (4182) 2013-09-08 2:56
Wonderful double portrait accompanied by the well known touching story. Congratulations for catching such a great moment, the woman with her cat, their looks, hands, details of surroundings, each tell a different story. So, does being older than seventy mean you're condemned to death already? I loved this one, many thanks for sharing.
Glint (6171) 2013-09-08 12:50
a heart rending image and a fabulous one. The technical quality of this shot is superb. There is so much to peruse and I do so with a sympathetic eye and heart. They have very little but the place they call home. As others have already asked, what were you doing there?
worldcitizen (7295) 2013-09-08 14:00
A very interesting portrait, with an equally interesting story. There is something humble about this couple that comes across through the monitor. Surely their life in such a zone is quiet, and hopefully not too lonely. Thanks for introducing these people that we would otherwise never get to see.
Vasa (16778) 2013-11-13 15:49
The photo for my soul. Thank you Nick.