Arkadiusz Podniesinski is a talented Polish photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker, traveller and technical diver, who was born in 1972. His first encounter with photography came at age 9 when he received his first camera – a Smena 8M – as a Communion present. Arkadiusz has spent many years visiting dozens of countries on all continents. Since 2008 he has regularly been visiting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which has resulted in the creation of two documentary films entitled “Alone in the Zone” (2011 and 2013). In 2012 he travelled around Africa working on the photographic project “Lost Souls – the Hidden World of Animism”. The studio portraits of African tribes taken during this trip can now be seen in museums and galleries all around Poland.
His essay, tersely titled “Fukushima” gives readers a glimpse into how areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant have changed, and in some cases not changed, since the tsunami laid waste to the facility in 2011. The disaster could have been forseen and prevented. As in the Chernobyl case, it was a human, not technology, that was mainly responsible for the disaster. The 20km / 12.5 mile zone is rife with scenes that remind us of apocalyptic movies: cars on the road being swallowed by trees and hastily abandoned supermarkets.