From 2013 to 2015, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko travelled thousands of miles to some of the most remote regions of the country to photograph once-proud structures of the Soviet Union that have fallen into ruin. The collection, titled Restricted Areas, focuses on society's desire to create utopia through advances in science and technology. The photos serve as a reminder of what can happen when a nation reaches too far. As Tkachenko writes on his own website:
"I travel in search of places which used to have great importance for the technical progress—and which are now deserted. Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology which is now obsolete. Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came."
The striking photos will be on display from September 15 to October 29 at the Fotogalerie Friedrichshain in Berlin. You can learn more about Tkachenko and his work by visiting his website and his Facebook page.