I usually avoid the Evening Standard Magazine, it doesn’t really float my boat. However, last Friday I was enticed by the cover shot of a Batman like figure looking over a beautiful view of London.
I managed to flick past the society updates reasonably unscathed (seriously Donna Air, what happened to you? You’ve changed) and was rewarded with a brilliant article on Urban Exploration.
This idea really appeals to me. I love imagining myself sneaking into awesome buildings like a cat burglar (I’m thinking Cary Grant in “To Catch a Thief”) with nothing but my wits, my camera and other cool, edgy types, Oceans 11 stylie. However, there is a problem. I am in fact a huge wimp. I could never do this:[vimeo 26200018 w=500 h=281]
So, here are my Urban Exploration for Wimps top tips:
- Make friends with people who work in cool buildings and offer to make them cake in exchange for an evening office sesh
- Go to a museum super early and spring between exhibits as if you’re Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible
- Up the adrenaline factor by going in just before closing time and trying to evade security guards for as long as possible. Don’t get locked in though because you’ll miss your dinner and that would be rubbish.
- Hire a crane for the day, park it somewhere inspired then sneak back and pretend to break into the cab (remember to wear your cat burglar clothes)
- Stand in a subway tunnel (the more it smells of wee the better) and pretend you’re deep in the sewer tunnels under the city
For more information on Urban Exploration (for real, not my pretend kind), check out Bradley L Garrett’s site Place Hacking where you can also download Bradley’s PHD thesis on the subject. Other sites mentioned in the ES article (though not linked to from their website – naughty Evening Standard!) are 28DaysLater, Guerrilla Exploring and Ejectable.net – Enjoy!