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An Eerie Tour of Chernobyl's Wasteland

Sep 17, 2014 | 595 videos
Video by Dissolve Footage

Nearly three decades after the Soviet Union's infamous nuclear accident, filmmakers Christiaan and Kseniya Welzel explore the 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone that surrounds the defunct reactors. While the scenes they encountered are spine-chilling, Christiaan hopes viewers will also be awed by the wreckage. "I want them to find the beauty in the apocalypse," he says. "I want them to find the beauty in the dilapidated and the derelict."

The Welzels explain how they arranged this fraught shoot on Dissolve's website. (It involved a little bit of luck and an awful lot of bribery.)

Author: Chris Heller


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