Meet the man infiltrating the sickest urban objectives in the world
EDITOR’S NOTE: “I have a few guiding principles to my life I always adhere to. The first, and most important, is that each year of my life must surpass the last. I have succeeded in that goal every year so far, though the last four have been particularly exceptional,” says Bradley L. Garrett, a writer, photographer and researcher with a fascination for uncovering secret hidden spaces in our urban landscapes.
Carrying out explorations of Paris, Berlin, Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and London, Garrett and his crew have bypassed urban safeguards, pushing the boundaries to document views from off-limits territory.
Garrett continues, “Exploration is not a process of learning something new as much as a process of rediscovering what you lost.” What began as a PhD research project focusing on cultural geography has become an internet phenomenon. Garrett’s blog chronicling his field work has received half a million unique visits since November, 2008.
1) NEO Bankside, South London
2) Legacy Tower 2, Chicago
3) Tour Horizons, Boulogne-Billancourt, France: Author William Gurstelle writes, “Done artfully and wisely, living dangerously engages our intellect, advances society, and even makes us happier.” While creating strong bonds of trust between exploration partners, edgework also reaffirms individual subjectivity and creative potential.
4) North Queensferry, Scotland: We were on top of the [Fourth Rail] bridge, engulfed by orange floodlights breaking through stagnant fog. The quiet town of North Queensferry was just visible through the vapor, and the sky was a beautiful shade of purple. It was quiet–not even the sound of the sea reached us–until the first sleeper train came flying underneath us at incredible speed. As the structure shook and screeched, I felt like I was riding a dragon.