In a moving video essay of the town the world forgot, British videographer Danny Cooke made “Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl” in his spare time while filming a segment for CBS News. Using the DJI Phantom 2 drone, and a Canon 7D camera, he captured the abandoned city like it’s never before been seen. Stunning, silent, eerie, and beautiful.
As Cooke wrote on Vimeo, “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 and 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.”
“There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place,” he added. “Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.”