Danila Tkachenko is the Moscow-based photographer behind Restricted Access, a photo series focusing on the abandoned artefacts of Soviet Russia’s so-called “secret cities”.
Thanks to an exception granted by his grandmother’s place of residence, Tkachenko gained unprecedented access to places that ordinarily require special clearance to visit (partly due to the largely unknown nuclear disaster that contaminated over 750 square kilometres of the area). His photographs paint a lonely picture of architectural and machine relics, including an abandoned submarine improbably situated in and nearly impeccably preserved by the snow.
The ghostly visions of a failed technological utopia are hauntingly beautiful and serve as a prescient reminder of our own precariousness. As Tkachenko writes, this is what’s left of “the perfect technocratic future that never came. Any progress comes to its end earlier or later. It can happen due to different reasons... For me it's interesting to witness what is left after.”