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. His book Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City recounts his adventures and is available for purchase on Amazon. Below is a selection of images and stories from his urban explorations.