Offbeat

By Mike Jones


A photographer who visited an abandoned town outside of Chernobyl captured these eerie pictures of the decaying landscape.

Pic by Roman Robroek/Caters News 

Roman Robroek, 30, took the photos back in May this year after visiting the deserted city of Pripyat, located 3 kilometres from the site of world biggest nuclear disaster that took place 31 years ago.

Pic by Roman Robroek/Caters News

The award winning photographer, from the Netherlands, captured the derelict and decaying building and was shocked to find how popular the abandoned town, built to house the workers and their families from the plant, had become.

Pic by Roman Robroek/Caters News

Roman said: “I was surprised to hear how many people had visited and the numbers have been climbing every year.

Pic by Roman Robroek/Caters News

“After reading a couple of books and watching a few documentaries in preparation of my visit, I couldn’t wait to see and experience it with my own eyes.”

Pic by Roman Robroek/Caters News

Roman hired a private guide who drove him and his friends around the town and said: “I tried to capture a story in the photos – just try to imagine that you have 2 hours to pack your stuff and you have to leave all your other stuff behind, because the complete city you live in is being evacuated.”

Pic by Roman Robroek/Caters News

Roman managed to capture photos of the hospital, where many of the people affected by the disaster would of been treated, and other abandoned buildings such as a nursery, supermarket and post office.

Pic by Roman Robroek/Caters News 

Roman said: “My actual thought of seeing the abandoned city of Pripyat for the first time was how big it was.

Pic by Roman Robroek/Caters News

“Most of the buildings were still in a pretty good shape and lots of details have still been left conserved.

Pic by Roman Robroek/Caters News 

“It’s been a surreal experience and I’m sure about a revisit since I haven’t seen half of the city yet.”