Hackers' are part of a new global movement with active groups from the
UK to Australia and the US. These urban explorers find adventure,
adrenaline and often danger in places that most people would not dare to
enter, and involves sneaking into former military bases, underground
cities, decommissioned hospitals and power stations and even the odd
skyscraper – while it’s still being built. 'The idea behind urban
exploration is revealing what’s hidden in the world.” says Bradley
Garrett and Oxford University academic and place hacker. 'It’s about
going into places that are essentially off-limits and, because they are
off limits, have been relatively forgotten. The goal of the urban
explorer is not just to explore these places but also to photograph them
and share these with others so they can see what they’re like.' Place
hackers, like nature explorers, tend to value a low-impact credo: no
vandalism or theft, take only photographs, leave only footprints. (Bradley Garrett/eyevine/zReportage.com via ZUMA Press)
Garrett's new book "Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City" was just released this month can be found here.
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