[Dry Sewer in Queens, photo by Steve Duncan]
If you’re the type who’s curious about what’s underneath your feet when walking around a city, then fasten your seat belt; today’s post covers the work of Steve Duncan, urban spelunker and guerrilla historian of infrastructure. That a piece of the urban realm might be considered off-limits is simply an invitation to Duncan, who’s fascination with the mechanics of a city has taken him from the top of the Manhattan bridge to underground aqueduct tunnels and everything in between. And we mean everything. Along his explorations he hauls the necessary camera equipment for the long exposure images required of the dark abandoned subway tunnels, sewer lines, steam pipes, and underground rivers. Combine a tenacious interest in the workings of a city with a keen eye for the captured image and you get photos that jump off the page and arrest you.
[Kissena Drain or Horse Creek in Queens NYC 2009, photo by Steve Duncan]
[Fleet River Sewer in London, photo by Steve Duncan]
[Tibbets Brook in the Bronx, photo by Steve Duncan]
[Abandoned 18th St Subway in NYC 2008, photo by Steve Duncan]
[Old Croton Aqueducts with roots in NYC 2008, photo by Steve Duncan]
[Croton Aqueduct Original Highbridge Pipes in NYC 2005, photo by Steve Duncan]
[Atlantic Avenue Tunnel 1 in Brooklyn NY 2009, photo by Steve Duncan]
[West Side Line in NYC 2008, photo by Steve Duncan]
[Knickerbocker Sewer in Brooklyn NYC 2007, photo by Steve Duncan]
For a well written piece on Duncan, from folks who know how to spell, check out the article by Paul Hond.
Large, awesome prints of Duncan’s explorations can be purchased here.
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