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Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster

“This is something that has never happened before in the history of the planet”

I knew where I was going and I knew what had happened that day, but it was only after watching the horrifying new TV drama “Chernobyl” that I actually fully understood what took place on 26 April 1986.

The world witnessed the worst nuclear catastrophe in history. A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Northern Ukraine exploded, spreading radioactive clouds all over Europe and a large part of the globe, but it is what happened next that is truly horrifying.

The lies, the deception, the ignorance, the stupidity, the shame, the guilt all outweighed by the denial.

For 36 hours after the explosion, people were given no reliable information about it and left virtually on their own. They never received instructions on how to protect themselves or their children.

Children were affected the most by Chernobyl radioactive fallout, with 3,000 cases of thyroid cancer registered in the 1990s

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Manchester…..The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Took an early morning trip to Manchester to try and capture some of the Northern Quarters stunning architecture and street art before the city came alive with commuters, night before revelers and resident street sleepers.

Manchester is a fantastic city and the Northern Quarter is the cultural epicenter with it’s bars, street art , live music and fantastic buildings. It’s easy to see why such such a diverse mix of people live and visit the area.

However with all the beauty and “cool” attached to the area there is also the problem of homelessness and poverty which is more than evident in the beggars, rough sleepers and addicts that converge in and around this iconic area of Manchester.

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FLASH……..AGGGHHHHHH!!

Always looking to improve and better myself I often find myself trawling Youtube for inspiration. I have always wanted to “master” off camera flash photography but the logistics of all the stands and soft-boxes and transmitters and light meters and receivers put me right off, and that was even before the science of putting them all together to get “the shot” is even a factor.

Up steps a video showcasing the Godox AD200 flash unit and wireless transmitter and “BOOM”, I am sold!

Amazon account fired up, necessary equipment ordered, paid for and delivered.

Many many more Youtube channels and videos will have to be watched on this journey but as you can see from the picture there is no shortage of a willing model to help the learning curve. His enthusiasm knew no bounds! ;)

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