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Adventures of a Serial Trespasser

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Bradley Garrett, a photographer and researcher with a background in anthropology and archeology, has spent the past five years of his life exploring hidden and forgotten parts of cities all over the world. Sneaking into sewers and bunkers, through metro tunnels and up skyscrapers, Garrett calls his work place-hacking: "I see the access to secret spatial information available to those willing to dive through the loopholes in the system as akin to virtual hacking." These images, selections from his new book Explore Everything, from over 300 locations in eight countries, relays some of the excitement, terror, and wonder that comes with being a serial trespasser. [21 photos]

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Atop the Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, in May of 2012. Garrett: "I had gone to a job interview at the University of Edinburgh (which I didn't get) and after the interview I stuffed my suit in my backpack and climbed the bridge to take this shot". (© Bradley Garrett)
Atop the Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, in May of 2012. Garrett: "I had gone to a job interview at the University of Edinburgh (which I didn't get) and after the interview I stuffed my suit in my backpack and climbed the bridge to take this shot". (© Bradley Garrett)
The Boneyard, Victorville, California. "The Boneyard is an airplane graveyard connected to George Air Force Base. To get in, we had to hop a barbed wire fence and avoid security patrols. But the payoff, being able to pretend to drive a British Airways 747, was well worth it!" (© Bradley Garrett) #
Battersea Power Station, South London, UK. "We've basically treated Battersea Power Station as our nocturnal playground for five years. It's the largest brick building in Europe and contains derelict control rooms where power for the city was once regulated. Being inside there alone is an incredible feeling." (© Bradley Garrett) #
Inside the Farwell Building in Detroit, Michigan. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Empty cars inside the Aldwych disused Tube Station, Piccadilly Line, London, UK. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Embankment Pipe Subways, London, UK. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Barbican Tunnels, City of London. "The Barbican is a brutalist housing estate in the centre of London which has become a sort of cultural hub for cinema, theatre, music, and the arts. People also live on the estate. This photo is from inside the steam tunnels underneath the Barbican that keep the whole thing humming, they contain all the phone cable, internet, gas, water and sewage works." (© Bradley Garrett) #
The Shard, South London, UK. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Woodward Avenue Church, Detroit, Michigan. (© Bradley Garrett) #
West Park Asylum, Epsom, Surrey, UK. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Invalides Ghost Metro Station, Paris, France. "Invalides is a disused platform of line 8 of the Paris Metro in the 7th arrondissement. You have to wiggle under a closed gate to get to this permanently stabled old rolling stock. While we were in there, a worker came through and we had to hide under the train until he left." (© Bradley Garrett) #
Olympic Stadium, Samdach Preah Sihanouk Boulevard, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Zeche Hugo, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Zeche Hugo was a coal mining operation that shut down in 1997. The cages here were for miners to store their clean clothes and valuables while they were at work. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Castle of Mesen, Lede, Belgium. (© Bradley Garrett) #
River Tyburn, City of London. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Hydro Arena, Glasgow, Scotland. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Atop the Tour Horizons, Boulogne-Billancourt, France. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Michigan Theatre, Detroit, Michigan. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Legacy Tower, Chicago, Illinois. "We infiltrated Legacy Tower on a whim, just walked on a sunny summer day and took the lift right the the top. We stayed for sunset and it was one of the most beautiful I've ever seen." (© Bradley Garrett) #
Durham Baths, Durham, England. (© Bradley Garrett) #
Lightning strikes Lake Michigan in the background, seen from atop the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Chicago, Illinois. (© Bradley Garrett) #

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