On 26 April 1986 reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. Prypiat is located 4 km away from the reactor. It was founded in 1970 to house workers for the power plant, and was officially proclaimed a city in 1979. Shortly after the disaster it was abandoned.
Today Prypiat is a ghost city. Nature is conquering the city. It is overgrown. All over the place you can find traces of life and a time, a time under communist rule. Unfortunately all the buildings have been pillaged. What is left is of no (money) value or to heavy to be removed.
Clichés are hard to avoid wandering around Prypiat with a camera. Gas masks and dolls are placed to look good in a photo. But big things as pianos and cars may be left in the exact position as they where left in 1986. And to have a look at the clichés you have to wait for part II and III of my Prypiat photos.