IAmA 28-year old photographer, who at the age of 1 lived and was evacuated from the now-ghost-town of Pripyat after Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident. I returned back in 2011-2012 to complete a very subjective photographic project about my ho...
My name is Alina Rudya and I'm 28 years old. When I was a baby, my father, who was 27, worked as an engineer at the Chernobyl Nuclear plant and we lived in the satellite town of Pripyat/Prypyat. After the nuclear catastrophe on the 26th April 1986 we were evacuated from the town and never returned (until recently, for my project). I currently live in Berlin, Germany and I am a photographer. In 2011 and 2012 I returned to Pripyat, to complete a photo project about my abandoned hometown from a subjective perspective.
Proof is on my website http://www.alinarudya.com. Under the project named Prypyat mon Amour, you can find my self-portraits, which I took in my old apartment on Lenin str.17 and surroundings of a Ukrainian abandoned ghost-town Pripyat. You can also see a picture of me and my mom, lying on the floor of the apartment. My father, who worked at Chernobyl all his life (he died from cancer in 2006) put it their 15 years ago as a memory. Here is also a picture of me and my father from 1985, collaged with a 2012 shot of my old Pripyat apartment. http://imgur.com/gallery/3kCoEYH