Published On: Sun, Oct 21st, 2012

Why I do it : Urban Exploration Under Glasgow



Urban exploration (sometimes known as urbex/ reality hacking) is essentially going places you are not supposed to go. So why do I do it?


These places are hidden and isolated from the enclosed world of the city. Most people will never enter or see these places. This makes these forbidden places that much more appealing. Entering these places and seeing the beauty of decay and having a chance to capture the image of something so unusual; something so far from the family portraits and weddings which I am used to, really makes me wonder about the society in which we live. I find the decay and the sheer scale of these places to be absolutely astounding. The network of under city tunnels that used to link so many places, sleeping, untouched, for years on end. Wasted in so many ways.


When I go exploring it has always been for two reasons. For one, the artistic beauty found in such surreal and desolate places makes for incredible and somewhat dystopian-like images. I have spent many days exploring the city, tunnels and rooftops with friends, just wandering, marvelling at what we find. Feeling safe with the thought that when we leave everything is the way it was when we entered; no matter what we discover, it remains where it is, still untouched.



The second reason is far simpler. The thrill of finding these new places is addictive, finding ways over the fence or into a seemingly impenetrable building gets your heart pounding. An adrenaline rush; you know its not legal, you know its not always the safest, but that’s what makes it.


Despite growing up on the West coast of Scotland – one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, with the most amazing photo-opportunities – there is something amazing about being able to capture images of places hardly any people will have been before.



There are three things you need to remember when partaking in urban exploration; be safe, remove nothing and there is always a way in.


Images by Jordan

Words by Eilidh Bruce