David McMillan - 2018
Parquet Floor Variations
Edition of 15 archival inkjet prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
Printed by: Sean McLachlan
Image size: 31 x 38.5”
Paper size: 35 x 42”
Parquet Floor Variations, Prypiat, Ukraine shows nine sections of a department store floor found in the city of Prypiat, uninhabitable since the accident at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The photographs forming the basis of the print were made in 2016, thirty years after the accident. The floor reflects the general decay apparent in all of the built surfaces of Prypiat, and although each floor section was identical to the next when first laid, each has deteriorated in its own way.
David McMillan began his career as a painter but gradually became more involved with photography. A concern for the vulnerability of the environment led him to photograph in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the site of what is considered to be the world’s worst nuclear accident. The work, begun in 1994, has resulted in many exhibitions and a book of the photographs, Growth and Decay, published in 2019.