Urban Explorer Justin Jenny - Behind the Scenes

As long as I've known Justin, he has been exploring abandoned places with a bit of flare. Justin is an interesting dude to say the least. Adventurous, energetic, and eccentric are proper adjectives to describe his general disposition. 

Justin got laid off from his job at GoPro, sold most of his belongings, and took off to explore for 6 months while living out of his truck. I got laid off from GoPro as well and had the opportunity to work on this project as one of my first gigs back into the freelance world. I linked up with Justin on the last leg of his trip in Upstate New York.

There are a ton of abandoned Summer resorts in the area due to a decade plus of declining tourist numbers. Tourism in the area suffered in the 80's and 90's once air travel became more affordable for the average person. The resorts started burning down in "suspicious" fires and were left abandoned by their residents. 

Most of the photos above were taken by Justin while we were shooting and exploring. It was definitely an adventure I will never forget. 
-Nate



 

Nathaniel Lee
Go2Ground Short Docs

My friend and colleague Josh Gold came to me shortly after my departure from GoPro with an idea for some short documentaries for his side hustle www.gotoground.com. They were in the midst of relaunching their site and wanted some original, lifestyle centric content for the rebranding. 

Go2Ground was kind enough to give us quite a bit of creative freedom and explore some pieces we had been wanting to make. We created four short docs in total: Justin Jenny - Urban Explorer, Chris Ray - The Makers Series, Ride or Dive, and Relief Gang. Below are some screen grabs from Go2Ground's new website where the content is featured. We will be posting some behind the scenes photos and stories from each individual shoot, soon.