They call themselves “place hackers”—urban adventurers who get a thrill (and bragging rights) from exploring forbidden spaces: old military bases, sewer systems, decommissioned hospitals, power stations—even the odd skyscraper under construction.
Just like backpackers, they have an ethical code: no vandalism or theft, take only photographs, leave only footprints.
Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland.All photos by Bradley Garrett/eyevine/zReportage
“The idea behind urban exploration is revealing what’s hidden,” explains Bradley Garrett, author of the recent book Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City.
“It’s about going into places that are essentially off limits and, because they are off limits, have been relatively forgotten.” The goal is not just to explore, he adds, but to document and share as well.
In 1949, Walter Chandoha adopted a stray kitten in New York. When he began taking pictures of his new pet, Loco, he was so inspired by the results that he started photographing kittens from a local shelter, thereby kickstarting an extraordinary career that would span seven decades.
Walter Chandoha. Cats. Photographs 1942–2018 is published by TaschenWalter Chandoha.
A clowder (a group of) of ominous looking felines in one of the photographer’s most famous works, titled The Mob. New Jersey, 1961.
The beauty of nature can often inspire awe or wonder. But if you have a quick shutter finger and a little luck, you might be able to capture a frame that will elicit laughter.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards — an annual competition that exists to both find the world’s funniest nature photograph and spread awareness about conservation efforts — has named the finalists for its 2017 competition, and they’re really something.