Pripyat is a Ukranian city located less than two miles from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, abandoned for the last thirty years by its then 49,000 inhabitants. In June, cinematographer Danny Cooke visited the city, using a drone to capture scenes of abandoned parks and buildings, and entered on foot schools and homes to film the detritus of humanity.
This is a three minute compilation of the footage he captured, set effectively to Promise Land by Hannah Miller. In it we see a silent city left to decay in the solitude of man’s absence. The Mary Celeste of cities, slowly being reclaimed by the tainted land.