There are whole worlds beneath us – from leftover building space, to the secret inner workings of cities. Sewers, drains and utility tunnels. Mine shafts and bomb shelters.
These photographs celebrate a range of underground spaces beneath Britain and Eastern Europe.
All images © 2011-2020 Darmon Richter.
Communal washroom inside an abandoned bomb shelter.
Inflow to the stormwater intercept.
Gas mains and cables beneath a busy street.
Stepping stones in flooded tunnels.
Staircase to a subterranean military base.
A dictator’s secret tunnel network.
The bottom of the mineshaft.
Bomb shelters beneath the city.
Minerals and torchlight in a drain.
Abandoned military installation.
Passage to the generator room.
Drop shaft in a drainage system.
Wine cellar beneath an abandoned hotel.
Cable run beneath the city centre.
Abandoned military base inside a mountain.
The underground river.
Staircase to the nuclear bunker.
The sluice gate.
Light trails in a hundred-year-old drain.
Abandoned bomb shelter by candlelight.
Utility tunnel beneath a river.
The car quarry.