The photo project called ‘Restricted areas‘ is supposed to tell about an utopian aspiration of human beings for the technological progress. The author of the project, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko, travelled around post-Soviet space searching for places which used to have the great importance, but end up became abandoned.
Closed ‘secret cities’ which cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, forlorn epic constructions that a long time ago were grandiose ideas of Soviet engineers and scientists, and dreams and hopes of the whole USSR.
Contamination test at a lake near the formerly closed scientific city Chelyabinsk-40. In 1964 there happened the first and one of the largest in history nuclear disaster equivalent to Chernobyl’s one, which had been secret. The city is surrounded by the lakes which are still contaminated with radiation.
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Photos: Danila Tkachenko