Robert Burns turned his love of maps into a full-blown passion for exploration.
What began as an interest in scouring maps for interesting topological anomalies eventually led Milwaukee photographer Robert Burns and his sons, armed with a collection of flashlights, underground.
Before long, Burns began documenting his explorations of the city’s underbelly, turning his adventures into art. With an eye for photography and a knack for light-painting and long-shutter photography techniques, Burns treats his Instagram and Flickr followers to stunning photographs of the tunnels that run beneath our roads and buildings.
Since beginning his underground exploration, Burns has learned the ins and outs of Milwaukee’s tunnel system (there are five types in the city), gathered a collection of safety tips that seem culled from learned-the-hard-way experience (“Your phone is not a flashlight,” his Flickr page cautions) and curated a portfolio of impressive, almost meditative photographs, an enterprise he deems UnderMKE.
“When you’re in there, it is pretty cool,” he said of Milwaukee’s underground tunnels. “You’re super isolated, yet you’re right inside of the city. It’s a cool way to experience Milwaukee.”