Infrared filters are known for creating weird, eerie, and haunting photos, no matter what you’re capturing. That is why taking a filter like that to an already creepy-looking place like the Chernobyl exclusion zone might make the scenery pictures you take look even more impressive. Photographer Vladimir Migutin did just that on his trip to the town in Ukraine that suffered the infamous nuclear plant disaster.

"It was a spontaneous decision," Vladimir told Bored Panda. "I was born in Belarus in 1986 (the same year that the Chernobyl disaster occurred), at the age of 5 my family left the Soviet Union. I have bright memories of my early childhood, and I wanted to visit some places in Minsk, to see how it changed since, and meet few friends that live there. Then the idea to visit Chernobyl came to my mind. I’ve searched the internet for groups that visit this place and have a valid entrance License. I had found an Instructor and a group from Belarus that planned a trip on an adjacent date.

"The only challenge that people have while planning such a trip is their superstition - that this place is really dangerous. After digging for some information on the internet it turned out that it’s not that dangerous at all. We didn’t visit forbidden places where the nuclear energy radiation levels are lethal. In fact, the average radiation level during this trip was pretty same as the radiation level on a 10,000-meter flight."

"It's pretty hard to describe the atmosphere I had during this trip and making this photo series, but it's as if I was in a “kind of” paradise - a feeling I can't recall since my last visit to Kokedera (Moss temple in Japan) two years ago. We always hear praises of the might of mother nature, how it renders useless men creations and bearing life above the ruins. Well, it's something that is always felt, but never on such a huge scale, and this place IS the place for these contrasts. 30 years after the fallout, while men are still away, the forests, the animals, the plants, it felt like everything is thriving, revived by mother nature. A bit pathos, but I really felt this way."

"For the UV and Infrared photography, I’ve opened my camera and removed the hot-mirror filter (the one which blocks the IR and UV wavelengths), thus turning it to a “Full-Spectrum” camera. Then I’ve ordered IR-Pass and UV-Pass filters to set in front of the lens."

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Simon – A Human-Friendly Fox, Whom Often Approaches Groups In The Exclusion Zone, Asking For Food

Simon – A Human-Friendly Fox, Whom Often Approaches Groups In The Exclusion Zone, Asking For Food

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
3 years ago

I bow to my new mutant fox overlord.

Gina
Community Member
3 years ago

poor hungry creature

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

poor skinny baby

Liz Llanes
Community Member
3 years ago

I love animals and It breaks my heart to see living animals like this one becones isolated due to human error....ahhhhh....when will these so called human beings ever learned????

Chess Wizard
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3 years ago

In a poetic twist, the 1,660 square miles of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has become one of Europe’s largest wildlife preserves. Local residents report lynx, wild boar, wolves, elk, deer, brown bears, bison, badgers, foxes, eagle-owls, and even Przewalski’s horse, a species supposedly extinct in the wild for some time. Given that the area is now heavily wooded and free of human predators, such a flourishing of wildlife should continue. Scientists, however, are studying the area's plants and animals for long-term effects of radiation.

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Shruti Naik
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3 years ago

omg he's so malnourished! please tell me you gave him a lot of food, maybe he has others to feed as well

Andrew Wozniak
Community Member
3 years ago

People giving him food is probably why he looks that way. his body wasn't made for our food and once he has a taste he probably stopped eating anything else.

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DEAN THORNE
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3 years ago

and then the murders began.

Michelle Radford
Community Member
3 years ago

So sad. He's probably riddled with cancer. Poor Simon.

Sandy Clark
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow, Simon is something living among the dead. Wonder how much of an influence Chernobyl's fallout had on the DNA of the usually wild and timid foxes. Gosh, my heart goes out to Sweet Sweet Simon.

Kandis Glasgow
Community Member
3 years ago

Sweet Simon.

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
3 years ago

He/she is beautiful

SK
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like there's not much food for him there, fox looks like he's starving :(

Apollo
Community Member
3 years ago

He looks emaciated

rustic raven
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey there human do you have anything there for me in that magical for me so that I can still live please ;=]]

Jim
Community Member
3 years ago

He's beautiful.

Steve Miller
Community Member
3 years ago

For a beggar that fox doesn't look fat to me. It makes me wonder if it's suffering from some genetic abnormality which prevents it from hunting for food or renders it at a disadvantage in foraging. Or it must just be trusting and lazy. I've met a LOT of red foxes in my teen-aged years and all of them were not only skittish, they were all highly capable of doubling back on their trail to watch whoever was trailing them. I had it happen to me more than once. In fact, when I hove over a small ridge which dropped off steeply on the far side, I learned to my dismay that the fox had dropped itself into a small swale or gully and either crawled off to my left about 80 yards, it then emerged from the swale and doubled back until it reached the top of the ridge. After descending to the "military peak" of the ridge (about 3 yards down the slope in this case, it sat in the snow with nothing showing but its head, switching its tail back and forth as it watched its pursuer (me)

Azrael Ariel
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't tell us that chaos reigns, foxy. We know it.

Sanna Rytilahti
Community Member
3 years ago

How cute <3

Edwin Lesperance
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3 years ago

<3

Диана Диана
Community Member
3 years ago

I cried just trying to imagine that... It is too sad...

Erik Gaines
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope I have the opportunity to make a friend like that

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
3 years ago

You can see why he is begging for food. he is horribly thin.

Sri Fong
Community Member
3 years ago

Simon the fox lives where humans dare not live , period .

Joyce Stewart
Community Member
3 years ago

Hope they brought some with them

Valerie Davis
Community Member
3 years ago

Awwww, poor thing...he looks so thin !

Michelle White
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww how sweet, I’d feed him everyday if I were there, 🐺

Lira Mai
Community Member
3 years ago

breaks my heart.

Halina Sheena
Community Member
3 years ago

Sad sight :(

Claire Lajaunie
Community Member
3 years ago

Quite skinny🙀

Alib
Community Member
3 years ago

He's skin and bones, poor baby!

Lydia Pineault
Community Member
3 years ago

Chernobyl Diaries, it was a pretty good movie started out rather real, but, of course a horror movie. It gets nasty! But was still good! 🎥

Debbie Andersson
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh it looks so thin, I hope it´s healthy <3

Elise Mon
Community Member
3 years ago

looks majestic

Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
3 years ago

How many people are they letting into the exclusion zone??

Leekun
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a tourist attraction nowadays. I think there's daily tours so a lot of people go in there

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Terry Beal
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful

Anaka Blackwood
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor scrappy little crature

Linda Hogan
Community Member
3 years ago

This unusual fox does look hungry. I am wondering about whether there is enough food in this region.

Johanna Kidd
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor thing, its hungry

Sunzilla
Community Member
3 years ago

Can someone please feed this rather thin fox?

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like he's starving...

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

How can you refuse such a beautiful face at mine?

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

Just look at this face how can you say NO?

Patti Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like he could use a couple of snacks.

Melody Reid
Community Member
3 years ago

Little guy looks like he is starving.

Oscar
Community Member
3 years ago

Awwww

Lululoohoo
Community Member
3 years ago

can i has him?

Sykz
Community Member
3 years ago

Star wars fox

WaLe
Community Member
3 years ago

I was expecting something with 3 eyes or 6 legs, dunno why :/

Lydia Pineault
Community Member
3 years ago

Awh poor thing! How sad! 😢

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

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The Ghost Town Of Pripyat, Ukraine

The Ghost Town Of Pripyat, Ukraine

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Shruti Naik
Community Member
3 years ago

it really looks enchanting more than anything else.

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Butterflies And Flowers In The Forest, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Butterflies And Flowers In The Forest, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Elise Mon
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3 years ago

looks dreamy

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A Lake Within The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

A Lake Within The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Heaven Scott
Community Member
3 years ago

wow......that is soooo beautiful

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#5

The Iconic 26 Meters Tall Ferris Wheel In Pripyat’s Amusement Park

The Iconic 26 Meters Tall Ferris Wheel In Pripyat’s Amusement Park

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I_AMAFACE
Community Member
3 years ago

WHOA

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The Monumental Trail With The Evacuated Villages’ Names On Either Side

The Monumental Trail With The Evacuated Villages’ Names On Either Side

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Jackie C.
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3 years ago

Feels so awfully lonely

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Bumper Cars In Pripyat’s Amusement Park

Bumper Cars In Pripyat’s Amusement Park

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LittleGrayMouse
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3 years ago

It looks like a painting

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The Rotting Grand Piano In The Concert Hall Of The Abandoned Town Of Pripyat

The Rotting Grand Piano In The Concert Hall Of The Abandoned Town Of Pripyat

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I_AMAFACE
Community Member
3 years ago

This makes me feel sad for the piano.

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Pripyat Sports Hall, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Pripyat Sports Hall, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Jackie C.
Community Member
3 years ago

Scene from a nightmare...but, there's a doggie

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The Bucket (Machine Part) That Was Used To Clean The Roof Of The Failed Reactor After The Fallout, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Bucket (Machine Part) That Was Used To Clean The Roof Of The Failed Reactor After The Fallout, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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HG Guy
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a big giant

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#11

“Duga” Radar System, Used As Part Of The Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missile Early-Warning Network

“Duga” Radar System, Used As Part Of The Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missile Early-Warning Network

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Elise Mon
Community Member
3 years ago

cool .. love the perspective

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#12

The Azure Swimming Pool In Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Azure Swimming Pool In Pripyat, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Chelle Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

"The Tilted Pool of Chernobyl"

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#13

Abandoned Farm In Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Abandoned Farm In Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Ed Bakker
Community Member
3 years ago

if you like this, you should play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl - you'll be walking right in these scenes!

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The Nuclear Power Plant Sarcophagus, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Nuclear Power Plant Sarcophagus, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Kevin Loftus
Community Member
3 years ago

That's not the sarcophagus, Its the new safe confinement (NSC) structure which houses the sarcophagus so the whole reactor building can be taken apart safely.

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A Trolleybus In One Of Chernobyl’s Scrapyards

A Trolleybus In One Of Chernobyl’s Scrapyards

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Ed Bakker
Community Member
3 years ago

if you like this, you should play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl - you'll be walking right in these scenes!

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