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The Friday Post #2: Photographic Essays… about Ruins

If you already have an account on StumbleUpon.com you know that you can find very unusual and amusing sites simply by cruising what is in their database, which is compiled by Stumble Upon users who, when they like a site, give a “thumbs up” or if they don’t like the site, give a “thumbs down”.

I’ve found many fascinating sites from the service – it is a great example of a global, shared social bookmarking/file system.

On this very snowy day in New England, following is the next Friday selection of posts:

  • Anyone out there read Russian? I apologize that I cannot. Pripyat’s Blog on LiveJournal (in Russian) shows an extensive photographic essay of a ruined city… Bravo to the blogger(s), you have created a hauntingly descriptive body of work. Following is a translation from one of the postings on this blog (January, 2008):

    Announced a set wishing to participate in the visit to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the town of Pripyat, scheduled for January 25 (Friday!) 2008.
    Припять. Pripyat. Это слово вызывает у каждого из нас свои неповторимые ассоциации. That word makes each of us unique to the association. Сразу исключим тех, для кого они сводятся лишь к географическому названию реки, протекающей по территории Украины. Immediately to exclude those for whom they are limited to geographical name of the river that runs through the territory of Ukraine. Вспомним о людях, для которых Припять – дом или поле боя с невидимым врагом – радиацией. Recall the people for whom Pripyat – a house or a battlefield with the invisible enemy – radiation. Их ассоциации полны горечи, разочарования и боли. Their associations are bitterness, frustration and pain. Есть еще мы, чья жизнь никогда не была непосредственно связана с Городом и Зоной. There are still, we, whose life has never been directly linked to the Town & Zone. Но стремление не только знать историю, а и суметь прочувствовать ее толкает на своеобразный подвиг – преодолеть в разной степени бушующую в нас болезнь радиофобию и дотронуться к трагедии не только отдельно взятого города или страны, но и всего человечества. But the desire not only to know the history, but also able to push its prochuvstvovat unique feat – to varying degrees overcome raging disease radiofobiyu us in touch and to the tragedy, not only a single city or country, but the entire humanity.
    Невозможно остаться равнодушным к живописным пейзажам украинского Полесья и таинственному молчанию брошенных сел. It is impossible to remain indifferent to the Ukrainian Polesie picturesque landscape and mysterious silence of abandoned villages. Невозможно не ужаснуться гигантскому памятнику человеческой беспечности – «Саркофагу». It is impossible not appalled giant monument to human carelessness – “Sarkofagu”. Невозможно не услышать дыхание Припяти. It is impossible not to hear the breath of Pripyat. Города, который уже более двадцати лет живет в одиночестве. Cities, which is already more than twenty years living alone. Который понимает нас и принимает такими, какие мы есть. Who understands and takes us such people as we are. Нас, едущих к нему со всего мира за красивыми видами с крыши шестнадцатиэтажки и граффити на его зданиях, нас, поклонников игры «Stalker» и просто интересующихся и сочувствующих. We are, going to be circulated around the world for beautiful shestnadtsatietazhki species from the roof and graffiti on its buildings, us fans game “Stalker” and simply interested in and sympathetic. Город ждет нас – приветственно улыбаясь, щурит подслеповатые глазницы окон, впитывает боками домов наши тени, нащупывает руками проспектов наши следы. City awaits us – welcomed smile schurit podslepovatye orbit windows absorb the shadow side of our homes, our prospectuses gropes hands traces. Загляни ему в душу. Look him in the soul. Прочувствуй историю. Enjoy history. Пойми, что для тебя значит слово «Припять» . Understand that for the word “you mean” Pripyat ” .

    Here are two translated links to Pripyat, in the Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl: Link#1 and Link#2. (Also see comment posted below by Mark dated Feb 23 2008 who visited Chernobyl in June 2006).

    • Blogger Sweet Juniper presents a photo-essay on an abandoned school storage facility in Detroit… a book cemetary of sorts.
      • Desy is the blogger who writes 56 houses left and photographs the calculated destruction currently taking place in a (former) subdivision in Missouri. Her childhood home and hundreds of others have already been crushed by bulldozers and trucked away, as the planned expansion of the St. Louis Lambert Municipal airport took the land and houses on the basis of eminent domain. Here is what Desy wrote about her blog:

      “Photographs of what little remains of Carrollton Subdivision in Bridgeton, Missouri from January to August, 2007. The subdivision was bought out by Lambert Airport in a runway expansion. Nearly 1,900 homes were bought out. This is where I grew up”.


      5 responses to “The Friday Post #2: Photographic Essays… about Ruins

      1. Mark February 23, 2008 at 1:57 AM

        I personally visited the Chernobyl area for two days in June 2006 with a friend and former resident of Pripyat. We toured the Chernobyl Plant (including the Reactor 4 control room), several of the abandoned villages, and Pripyat. I have posted an English-language photo essayl of my trip at:

        My Journey to Chernobyl: 20 Years After the Disaster

      2. граффити любитель March 14, 2008 at 7:59 PM

        First of all Pripyat’ that is Ukrainian river – not Russian U must know this!
        Pripyat’ is another world with own life-time…

        my site about graffiti граффити

      3. граффити любитель March 14, 2008 at 8:02 PM

        forget. site in russian, also I can help you with translate…

      4. utteptakarm October 1, 2009 at 4:01 PM

        >>>Взлом контакта<<<

        Чем больше узнаю людей тем больше я люблю собак © Моя девушка – теперь уже бывшая – целыми днями «общалась с подружками» в контакте и нивкакую не хотела мне показывать что там за подружки.
        Благодаря этому сайту я узнал всю правду о ней! Спeрва не хотел писать здесь, а потом решил предупредить остальных – ваши любимые могут скрывать такую грязь от вас! Лучше перебдеть чем недобдеть – это точно правда!

        >>>Секреты контакта<<<

      5. BaKiNeC January 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM

        Любопытно! Хотелось бы побольше точно таких же интересных сообщений

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