тaк... Chernobyl Photo Log
Part travelogue, part memoir, and part visual poem, тaк... showcases a young man's journey through the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, May 12 2019 9:59 PM UTC +00:00.
What is "тaк..."?
Part travelogue, part memoir, and part visual poem, тaк... showcases my journey through the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the winter of 2018. This book is a an appreciation of the beauty left behind in the wake of the biggest nuclear disaster in human history.
People keep asking me why I went to Ukraine. I wish there was some grand story to tell, but I just decided to go one morning while at work. My usual reply to the question starts with “so…”, and I figured this was the perfect title for this book. “тaк” can be used as “so...”, or “hmm...” in Ukrainian and Russian.
We have seen the pictures of the distant and impersonal catastrophe before, but I wanted to know what normal life there had been like before the accident. I wanted to know what kinds of stoves families used to cook dinner. I wanted to know what books were stacked on their night stands. There’s more to the exclusion zone than the disaster itself.
More than just photos...
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.
I can’t think of a better way to get started than with the immortal words of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, said just before launch: Поехали! (“Let’s go!” / Pie-Ah-Khali!)
The book —
A soft cover book, 25 x 20 cm, 236 pages
The sum requested includes to cover full cost of printing and partial cost of shipping from an average of several quotes I have received for a mass/offset printing run.
Risks and challenges
The book design is actually complete! The challenge is to find a high quality mass / offset printer while staying in budget and having them ship on time. I would like to stay local and have the books ship out once per week or have them handled by a logistics company. This is merely a production issue and I will be willing to pay the difference if the budget goes over.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter