“Water Stories: « Kiev Sea” is a documentary photo story about the human dreams and the changed reality both originated in and stimulated by the Slavic self-consciousness, the soul of Eastern Orthodoxy people and the tragical catastrophe, that struck Ukraine's Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on 26 April,1986 and caused the worst nuclear disaster in human history. The consequences of this nuclear accident resulted in heavy environmental catastrophe and resettlement of at least 350,000 people away from these areas. Despite of it all, many people stayed to live in and around the Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl and many are returning at “home” today.
Water was the thread connecting the places I visited and all they were situated some few kilometers away from the Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl. I looked for the direct and indirect presence of the water as the symbol of life, everywhere around me. I was trying to focus on the people and to tell like the general story about the water and the connection humans and nature have with it, while discovering that romantic picnics, bathing and fishing are common favorite pastime for many Ukrainian people, who call the water basin, situated not far from the Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl the “Kiev Sea” or the “Chernobyl Riviera”.