tak... Chernobyl Photo Log Paperback – March 11, 2019
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J. Aislynn d'Merricksson
From the Author
For the moments I couldn't capture, I asked my mom, a painter, to recreate them. These images are my input filtered through her artistic lens. As I roamed the zone, I also found beautiful typography, artwork, and designs in general. I asked a friend to reinterpret a portion of the artwork through digital illustration. For typography and packaging, I took a stab at recreating them digitally. I didn't want to take anything out of the zone, as that's not safe, and is certainly not respectful. The recreations in this book are my way of preserving what I found without disturbing the places I visited.
This book isn't meant for historical, political, or technical reference. Those topics have been covered extensively in great works you can find online. This is just a humble record of my trip to Chernobyl, written down and distributed in hopes of teaching somebody something new.
- Publisher : Self-Published; 1st Edition (March 11, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0578466708
- ISBN-13 : 978-0578466705
- Item Weight : 1.75 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.5 x 8 x 0.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #703,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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Even though I had previously seen some of the author's photos from this trip, he clearly held back the best and most interesting for the book: those of life, human life, ordinary lives in a still extraordinary circumstance. Most of us who have seen anything about Chernobyl beyond the 1986 archive footage of steaming reactors, or recent video tours of decaying Soviet concrete, just assumed there was nothing—nobody—left save the occasional possibly radioactive dog.
That assumption is very wrong, and the author takes us through his exploration of the zone and its environs with a vibrant humility, always confident in pushing ahead in discovery but never without respect for the people who remain and the precious evidence of thousands of interrupted lives. He shares that humility in prose through humor that is familiar to me and certainly my particular flavor: sarcastic with an occasional bite, but always purposely to remind you that we humans aren't all that different from each other no matter the borders put around us.
I also didn't know about the colossal antenna array said to be the main destination of the Chernobyl plant's output. The author, through simple but adroit photography and only as much prose as necessary, sets the gargantuan scale of this teetering obsolescence.
Then again, maybe you're just here for the glowing green doggos. Don't worry, he found some doggos and they're quite healthy. One in particular wins the author's affection; but, and this might be the only real bad mark I have on this book, he doesn't spend quite as much time as I would've liked him to on this canine relationship.
As a self-published work, the book is well put together and the quality of the print is very high. The various illustrations—artistically interpreted photos and sampled graphic components by family and friends—show off this quality more readily than the photos, and they are all skillfully made, giving the book an archival feel along the lines of recent projects like the NASA Graphics Standards Manual.
This book is much more than an ordinary coffee-table conversation piece; if you let it, you'll have a different view on this place and these people and you might just start staring at a map, daring yourself.
The minimalist cover makes it a great coffee table book - it calls to the curious to be opened up and thumbed through.
By the way, it’s well worth purchasing the physical book.