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Seeker Explores Instagram’s Role in Urban Exploration With New Mini-Doc

Writers are not the only ones compelled to go trudging around in tunnels buried under the streets of New York City. There’s a whole network of urban explorers so fascinated by the unseen world of the city that they go underground just for the experience, and they bring along cameras and a sense of flair to share it all with the world above. But of course it doesn’t stop with tunnels: They climb bridges, scale buildings, and root around in abandoned, unfinished parts of the city that your average tourist doesn’t know even exists.

Now Discovery’s new Seeker Network has tagged along with a young band of these explorers to shed some light on this shadowy culture. Jeff Seal created a short documentary called All Points Project: Instagrammers of New York as part of the Seeker Stories series. The film captures the photographers balancing on ledges high in the clouds, having special moments with loved ones in a grimy forgotten tunnel, and reveals how they connect with one another through IG.

While they’re happy to share their stories openly, the police have definitely gotten involved. In the video, a few of the subejcts talk about being raided by 30 cops and a SWAT team while on a mission. Another photographer featured in the video has had the cops show up on his doorstep. Be careful!

Watch the mini-doc in the video player above.

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