Specialized in the urban environment, my work is based on the assumption that the real frontier lands, the most difficult to explore, are the cities where we live. As an urban explorer, I try to unravel the secrets of the man-made world of the 21st century. With my photography, I want to show how gritty, dark and dirty places can be appealing too, in their own way.
Urban exploring is usually defined as visiting lost and abandoned places in remote areas. However, for me urban exploring is more about discovering the secrets of cities, especially man-made areas that people tend to avoid or simply don’t know the existence of. Those places are usually hidden, but also quite often right in the middle of everything. Sometimes those places have been abandoned for ages, but sometimes they are still in use. As it turned out, there are other people crazy enough to venture into those rough and sometimes dangerous places. Interestingly, most of them are photographers too and their goal is to capture those locations before they are lost forever. I started following those urban explorers to document their adventures. As I dived deeper and deeper into the secrets of the city, I became one of them. The people on my photos are usually other explorers, seemingly out of place in that big and hostile space, as if they don't belong there, questioning our relationship with the city as tiny, insignificant inhabitants.
Urban photography opened my eyes to the world around me. It made me step out of my comfort zone and helped me become a more open-minded person. I’ve always been curious about everything, but photography made me adventurous too. The moment I discovered the existence of those wondrous locations, I wanted to experience them in real-life. In a way, these places became my hide-out of ordinary life. When you are in a tunnel, there are no lights or sounds coming down, and yet you still sense the presence of the city above, soft and faded. On the contrary, when you are high up on a rooftop, it’s like you experience the city 100 times more: the wide views, the noises, the lights: they make you feel so alive. I usually work together with other photographers and urban explorers. That’s a very important part of what photography means to me: to explore the world together with like-minded people, inspire each other, create stories together and make friends for life.
Although my main goal remains to document contemporary cities, I've also worked with multiple clients, among which: Adobe, Sony, Thalys, as well as architectural firms, municipalities, media agencies, hotels and clothing brands.