Freedom and urban environment might sound like an oxymoron. Nature and megalopolis used to be opposed, but similarities are existing. Natural obstacles (cliffs, big mountains) or artificial ones (buildings)- can be turned into a playground rather than a source of stress.
Exploring brings this idea of freedom and unknown, that we generally feel when facing a wild environment; but this can be applied to almost any unknown place (from an individual’s point of view). We can even explore a city we know, as sometimes we just need to change points of view to get a new perspective and rediscover a city. The is the same idea of feeling as when you live in another country : you discover a new culture and then see your own culture from a different perspective.
Living in big cities can sometimes somewhat oppressing, shifting from the ground level to a hight place, like roofs for instance, offers a sensation of freedom. Street noise fade away, the view is horizontally extended, and we can finally enjoy solitude. That feeling is enhanced by the fact we are actually in a city-center, surrounded by millions of people. There is also this pleasant adrenaline of being in a place where we are not supposed and expected to be.
This photo series show one or two people in an urban environment, experimenting their moment of freedom.