Felix Forest’s ‘Chernobyl’ is a study on the ephemeral character of human structures in opposition to the resilience and adaptability of nature.  The photographic series is a haunting realisation of Forest’s fascination to visit the eroded, decayed Soviet city; built, then left devastated and abandoned after the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986. "I wanted to inform and sensitise people to the tragedy that happened in 'Chernobyl' but also to portray the strength of the ever-present natural environment, slowly clawing back with overwhelming grace. I wanted to create beautiful imagery of the scene rather than having a purely photojournalistic approach as has been previously done on this matter." Forest's approach is as fragile as the political situation at the time. The Ukrainian war was raging on and Kiev was literally up in flames, however, the clarity with which Forest’s experience of ‘Chernobyl’ is documented.  The delicately balanced compositions and the sense of order in the symmetry  imbues the devastation with an unexpected calm.  The intimacy of the almost domestic scale crops where one feels that someone has just left the room, are complemented by the broader perspectives of the public spaces which allude to the enormity of the city's three decade long desertion. There is a crisp reality, a heartbreakingly beautiful tactility, and a strong sense of composure to the abandonment. Vivid greenery creeps in, a peripheral acknowledgment of hope and the palette of tranquil mossy greens with harsh slaps of red highlight the dichotomy of the emotional experience. The perspective of Forest’s work is vast yet intimate, dramatic yet serene, a poetic balance when all images are viewed together. 
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