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It’s easy to forget that the most accomplished guy at the intersection of urban exploration and photography is still a teenager. With more than 168,000 Instagram followers and a growing portfolio of dizzying images, Bushwick’s Deas, 18, spends his nights clambering up bridges and spelunking in railroad tunnels in pursuit of a picture no one has taken before. These images, often long exposures featuring elegant streams of headlights or taillights, make New York feel by turns massive and minuscule, romantic and steely. Take the heart-stopping shot of his sneaker-clad feet dangling miles above a glowing Times Square. “Photographers other people I idolize see one of my pictures and say, ‘No way I’d do that for a photo,’” says Deas. Of course, it’s all perfectly illegal. He confirms that he has yet to be arrested—“Don’t jinx it!”—and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. “There’s always something happening, and everyone has some entertaining story to tell.”
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