Defending Elena Filatova

Over the last year or so, since we wrote a blurp about Elena Filatova on this blog, I've randomly run across some unsavory words about Elena across the web. It appears some peeps want to think Elena is a fraud.

I'm not buying it. In the first place Elena's photography is photojournalism, it's not piped up with Photoshop for some fraud attack. Get real people. It borders on slander and public slander, and unless you have proof, you shouldn't publish stuff like that.

Lastly, getting permission to enter a site to photograph is not fraud. I have. Other's have. One example we've already published here. And it's actually sometimes the right thing to do in some circumstances.

Breaking and entering doesn't make you or anyone a photojournalist, an explorer or a historian. It's make you a person committing a B and E. And whether Elena had permission or not doesn't take a way one iota of the decade of heart she put into her mission.
The Extinction Level Event [ELE] Cookbook and Culinary Guide

Over the last few days I've been scratching my head a lot and waving my hands around even more, as it occurred to me as any given extinction level event
[ELE] proceeds through its calendar count down, this just might ruin my career and daily bread, amongst other things.

As a food writer for my daily bread, what would it be like to write about food we can't eat due to contamination/radiation? As the list of off-limit foods grow, we have to get more creative.

And this is where the light bulb went off in my head, again, that bulb makes me do zany things, like creating The ELE Cookbook and Culinary Guide for a radiated yet hungry population. It's simply radiation free cupcakes and other good stuff your kids are proven to eat.

It's magically delicious.

More on this idea for a cook book soon ....
Radioactive Wolves Versus ELE [Extinction Level Event]

Radioactive Wolves

I enjoyed viewing Radioactive Wolves on PBS. It depicts what transpired through the years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Evidently, the natural kingdom is better off without humans interfering, and as if we didn't already know this. Whole ecosystems are now healthier then they were before the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

This is not to say that the disaster was good for the environment, only that all the humans left the region, and in the interim, the ghost town or region welcomed the returning species to the region and are multiplying since without any human interference.

Life Will Go On Without Us

This reassures me with what I've always believed. Life on planet earth will go on and do fine without us, and do even better without us and our dominating interference.

Chernobyl is a small region of the world and cannot compare to an ELE - Extinction Level Event - where all species on earth are wiped out rapidly. Our last ELE on earth lasted 30 million years until all systems were completely renewed. This is based on recent scientific evidence.


A lot of what we wrote and speculated about over the years since March 2011 Fukushima has actually come to pass and now is more mainstream knowledge. Now there are those also stating Fukushima nuclear disaster is an ELE event. We're already looking at dozens and dozens of Hiroshima events, and these Hiroshima's aren't ending at Fukushima as the reactors stand the same today as they did back in 2011 with no relief in sight as we enter into 2015.

Survival Guide

My best advice in terms of a survival guide is live each moment we have right now to the fullest.

Sure, follow the survival guides out there on the net, but I wouldn't suggest the use of algae and seaweed products for health and detoxifying. I'm seeing this is a popular suggestion in survival guides.

Seaweed and algae absorb radioactivity. It just doesn't make any sense to me to ingest radioactivity in hopes to detoxify it from my body? Obviously, stay away from crustaceans and other fish that dwell near the ocean's floor, such as Flounder etc.


If you are worried about radiation and detoxification, better to mix some baking soda in water, or mix DE (FOOD GRADE ONLY) in water or juice. You can also drink some clay's with water as well. Alternatively, you can add clay's, baking soda, Epsom salts and sea salts to baths. All of the will provide detoxification of heavy metals and radiation without ingesting seaweed and algae products.

[Contradiction: DE is a fossilized algae, ancient algae in powder form. Use your own judgment on this product for detoxifying and never over use it - less is more. On a microscopic level, DE looks like shards of glass. And that's essentially what it is.]

I take all these baths for many years before the Fukushima disaster, so it hasn't been a change in my daily routine.

My only other suggestion is to stay away from meat as the higher up the food chain we go, the more radiation we ingest. The same goes for milk. I chose not to drink milk the first year right after March 11.

If you have cancer, find a doctor who will feed you sodium bicarbonate
[baking soda] intravenously. You don't need more chemotherapy [more radiation] or other medical trauma.

Mental Baggage: Abandoned Suitcases On Environmental Graffiti
I want to give a new website on the web a 'two thumbs up' for quality stories, history and interesting facts - not to mention some quality images. The website in question is Environmental Graffiti. The site consists of your typical types of topics, asylums and other abandoned buildings, but also includes a variety of historical context, such as these Mental Baggage: Abandoned Suitcases from an Mental Asylum.

Elena Filatova Reminds Us of Chernobyl in Her New Book: Ghost Town
We wanted to write about Elena Filatova, an explorer at heart and creator of a 10-year online journal documenting her explorations by Motorcycle in the dead zone of (and beyond) Chernobyl. We highly recommend her website consisting of 10 years of intimate photojournalism into the behind the scenes story of what has really happened since the nuclear reaction at Chernobyl in 1986.

Her journals and photos are poignant while weaving political history, scientific antidotes, her personal impressions and true life stories of the abandoned people and animals, not only within the dead zone but in hundreds of ghost towns 40 to 80 kms away from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.

Elena Filatova has made exploring these areas and ghost towns a life long hobby and this year at the 10th anniversary of her website published Chernobyl Photobook ' Ghost Town.' The proceeds go toward the author buying food supplies and essentials for all those still remaining in the irradiated and abandoned ghost towns and villages to this day.

We are also fond of the authors journal 'Land of the Wolves.' And recently, her concerns are for the recent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan:

"Nowadays, we are moving from catastrophe to catastrophe so fast that no one has time to learn from what is happening, thus we are doomed to repeat it all again and again. Each time history repeats itself the price goes up. 

My aim is to take hold of important events I have witnessed and rescue from oblivion deeds that have been forgotten or chosen to have been forgotten. With time, cities perish and the memory of things is lost, so the sole purpose of my work is to preserve memories on the internet forever.

Since the Ghost Town site first went on the Internet in 2003, tens of millions visitors have viewed the Chernobyl information which it provides. This site is maintained by me, the author, and is completely free of all popup ads and spyware. There are no copyright issues. 

Work on this site is my hobby, which I pursue in my free time.""

We can't say enough good things about the authors courageous explorations into contaminated areas, her insights and obvious passion for her cause. In our mind's, Elena Filatova is the epitomy of what it means to be an explorer who explores the abandoned. Registered & Protected
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
-Henri Cartier-Bresson-

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We see the beauty in decay and the shadowed dreams of the forgotten.