Following my visit in 2010 to the Underbelly project in New York I was invited back again this time to document the latest incarnation of the Underbelly Project in progress at a secret location under Paris. Needless to say getting 16 people, camera kit, painting materials and supplies into an underground spot illegally is no easy feet and required military precision planning.
We met at the crack of dawn some distance from the entrance. After a few checks and the strategic movement of some construction barriers we cautiously made our way to the manhole cover in groups ready to descend into the darkness.
To say I was anxious would be an understatement, all sorts of things were going through my mind. What happens if we get caught? (we’ve all been the number of local attorney just in case). How will I climb down a manhole cover & ladder with a 16kg rucksack of camera kit but despite a few worrying moments hanging from a ladder in pitch black darkness we all managed to get to the bottom of the shaft some 40 feet below where we took a break and and made the most of the last glimpses of the dawn sky which we could just make out high above. Metro trains rattled passed on the line below pulling fresh air through the tunnels as we made our way to the spot.