Since the launch of Pokémon GO last summer, we have received a lot of news about players entering dangerous or restricted areas to try to catch some. Sometimes with a tragically fatal outcome. There are also few owners who have asked Nianctic to remove from their app the pokémon available on private land to avoid the pilgrimage of users.
All these situations seem understandable if we take into account the complexity of the title proposal and its integration into the real world. But another striking aspect, although much more pleasant, is that of all those tourists and explorers who thanks to the hunting of pokémon have visited new countries, discovering localities and amazing landscapes.
One of these players who have added Pokémon GO to their travel routines is Darmon Richter, a writer and photographer who also has some adventurous. In its blog The Bohemian Blog collects images and experiences around the world within the current “Dark Tourism”, that foments the visits to places linked with tragedies or protagonists of some especially dark moment of history.
In one of his last trips through Ukraine, and countries of Eastern Europe, the photojournalist has hunted pokémon in enormous mausoleums, monumental zones and abandoned cities. One of them is the unfortunately famous Chernobyl exclusion zone. Although his visit did not require a greater number of precautions that are required for other tourists,
Richter says this experience as a player of Pokémon GO has allowed him to perceive this experience in a different way. The inclusion of the game in populations with such a pitiful past is a sign of the process of overcoming its history.