People living in this Kiselevka Village in the Mahilyow Region, Belarus, are so accustomed to the words ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘radiation’ that they stopped paying attention to their meaning. They give birth to children, farm and gather together by the evening fire. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster didn’t affect their life style at all.
These photographs were taken before (1980-1982) and after the catastrophe (1990 and 2000) by photographer Alexander Stepanenko whose family, together with other families, still lives in the contaminated area. They say that if they had been told right away about the nuclear accident, they might have moved to another village built for them 30 km away from where they today now but now it is too late.