Chernobyl by Brian McNamee

A nuclear accident occurred on 26 April 1986 at the No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.  The Chernobyl disaster will forever be indelibly marked in our souls

 

Monday 30th Nov 2019 Navan, Brain McNamee presents a visual storybook of the history and its current state, through his digital and film photography.  The sympathetic and knowledgeable storytelling demonstrated the total devastation suffered at the reactor and the human desolation throughout the local cities.  Everything is abandoned, derelict and in disarray but it’s the narrative that put it into context, the schools, the nursery, the lonely chair or a room full of strewn gas masks.  Evoking the memories of a cold war era.  Intertwined with background photography showing a surprisingly wealthy (by Russian standards), the before and after lie in stark contrast.  The journey is well exhibited,  technically superb and has a smattering of hope through the re-patriation of the exclusion zone by the previous tenants, although full re-settlement will be a long time if ever.  The contrasting humane element is as well captured through the photography and interaction with the re-settled people.

 

It is a reminder of how fragile and fleeting life can be and how powerful the elements we choice to tame, but humankind like the radiation will endure.

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