A lot of popular media centers around the idea of abandoned cities. Either through some kind of disease, disaster, or people just walking away, there are countless films and TV shows that like to show people parading through scenes of urban decay to make some sort of statement on humanity and our works. But there’s not a lot of modern examples of abandoned cities, so it’s interesting to get this look at Pripyat, where the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was located, via drone and digital camera.
British videographer Danny Cooke was filming in Pripyat for this 60 Minutes segment on the new efforts to contain the nuclear reactor at the heart of Chernobyl. In his spare time, he took the video in the short film. Pripyat has been abandoned my entire life, so seeing 28 years worth of ruin is particularly interesting. Honestly, I’d never realized before now just how large the city was and how many people would have been affected. It’s definitely an eye-opening video.