In two years it will be the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor spectacularly exploding just outside the small town of Pripyat in the Ukraine. The explosion sent nuclear fallout into the atmosphere covering hundreds of kilometres, and even after three decades much of the surrounding area is still uninhabitable.

The ghost town is an eerie reminder of how quickly people had to gather their possessions and flee, letting nature take hold over the years of whatever was left behind – often with beautiful yet strange results. Today you can get into Pripyat through special tours, but are limited to certain sections as the radiation levels are still dangerously high.

But what do you do to see what goes on in the high radiation areas, or to just get a different angle on things? If you are British filmmaker Danny Cooke, you launch a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter over the town.

“Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of locals who evacuated,” Cooke wrote in the description of the video.

Have a look at the video below to see the stunning footage that Cooke captured:

Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

Being a bit of a photographer myself, I have always been fascinated with the twisted beauty of the decay, nature replacing everything in its path and the frantic way in which people had to leave. The creepy environment is the perfect setting for stunning photos, and hopefully one day I will be able to pay Pripyat a visit.

[Source – Cnet, Image – CC by 2.0/corso rossi]
Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.