Hello, my name is Drift. I’m an urban explorer and photographer that specializes in capturing the world and cities from unique viewpoints such as rooftops. For me, exploring and photography was a way to work through my depression at a time when I wanted nothing more than to die. I had lost two good friends in the span of 6 months, both were shot and killed, one of those at war. At the same time I lost my marriage and my Army career was put in jeopardy, I was falling to pieces. When I first picked up a camera and started to explore, I found a part of myself in every picture. Pain, passion and grief was poured into these images and I remember exactly how I felt when I was at each of these spots. At the same time, this allowed me to start healing, and sharing my art with the world. More than anything, these are pictures for my peace, but they’re also my future, one where I become a full time Explorer and inspire others to push limits and boundaries and conquer their world. While I was conquering these rooftops and spots, I was conquering my own inner demons, and still am to this day. It’s so much more than a picture or something “dangerous” to do. It’s my pain painted as a picture and framed for you with hopes that it inspires you to go further and live more every day. Much love- Drift
Hey it's Bukowski.
So this one day I was skating Dallas & these other skaters skate by & I yell at them if they wanna smoke. We start talking & they say "we know a rooftop we can smoke at" I'm like alright I'll follow y'all. My first rooftop and the beginning of my urbex career started here. After this day I get a little point and shoot and keep hitting that same spot trying to make it better and better. I hit new spots all over Dallas typically by myself and with my skateboard as protection. I started using masks to kinda stray away from what I saw the public shooting typically like boring portraits & hand out shots or just smoke bombs with no themes. I knew I wanted to be something else. So Bukowski took a stand and here I am.
P.S. Construction zones are probably my favorite cause security is pretty lax and theirs still that fear of being caught and I enjoy a good run every now & then. Haha