urban exploration pt 2: undercity

17 01 2012

so – once upon a time we wanted to start a series about urban exploration because it’s one of our favorite things in the world. we kinda did, spurred on by the amazing urban explorers we came across on the internet, and also by our own semi-amateur adventuringz (FORT TILDEN!!!!11!1!).

this is something i’ve been wanting to post on SNT for a long while, and hopefully you’ll see more of this chap in some capacity.. but either way, meet STEVE DUNCAN of UNDERCITY!

queensboro bridge, view toward queens – 2006

knickerbocker avenue extension sewer, brooklyn, NYC – 2007

steve pretty much does all those things we wish we had the balls to do. he’s an amazing photog who explores cities around the world in ways that would probably give traditional tourists nightmares – he scales bridges, goes spelunking in sewers, traverses tunnels, and creeps through caves:

As an urban historian & photographer, I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what’s underneath. From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the great metropolises of the world.

you can see his absolutely stunning photography work here, featuring explorations that range from the NYC subway to WII bunkers in berlin to mills, mines, and brewery caves in the twin cities. he even sells some of his prints online.

however what really got me hooked on steve’s work was this NY times article chronicling his underground NYC explorations with norwegian adventurer erling kagge, and this incredible video shot by andrew wonder that gives you a little taste of what it’s really like to be there. check it out and tell me you don’t thank your lucky stars for modern-day explorers documenting these things that most of us would never, ever get to see.

there is beauty and wonder where you least expect it…

– da leopard




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