A journey below the Las Vegas strip into an overlooked art scene
3Artist statementBIOGRAPHYDany Haniff is a photographer and graphic designer from Las Vegas who enjoys capturing
the urban aspects of his subjects. He focuses on destructive, edgy textures mixed with
photo effects to create his stylized photos. He especially enjoys portraits, mixing limited
studio lighting with natural lighting on location to capture the essence of peoples
emotions and their surroundings. Often he combines his knowledge of graphic design
and photography together to adjust colors, resulting in somewhat surreal images. Dany
is very passionate about photography and initially wanted to learn it because he wanted
to use his own materials when creating graphic design collateral.
PROJECTExposing Whats Beneath documents a very different side of Las Vegas rarely seen. So
rare that only few locals know about it. Dany Haniff went beyond capturing the typical
entertainment aspect of what puts the city on the map, rather finding possibly the best
graffiti (not) seen in Las Vegas buried far beneath the Strip in storm drains miles long.
Armed with flashlights and a camera, his journey led to an unforgettable adventure that
would bring light to art hidden in the darkness. Overall, the lessons learned from this
journey is continue to do what you love even if it is overlooked. Do it for the passion, not
4Right beneath the Las Vegas Strip lies an art gallery that remains unknown.
Site beneath the Strip
5Six storm drain entrances are different paths leading to the same experience.
6A preview of the journey below the Strip on a tagged rock.
7Daylight acts as the only light source upon entering a storm drain.
Entrance into Darkness
8Further down the tunnel lies another area lit by a grate above.
9A wide grate shines a pattern of light below, reminiscent of a ladder leading to the
The art continues to improve as the floor get dirtier.
Division between Art and Trash
Nothing is off limits, attention to detail is also given to the individual bars of the grate above.
No holds barred
The tunnel finally opens up into an area wider than the hallway.
In the Shadows
Around the corner opens up a whole new area worth exploring, far away from the public eye.
An Artists' Paradise
The ladder symbolizes the artwork itself, trapped with nowhere to go. Artwork
completely covers the walls lit up by the single, yet biggest grate above.
Ladder to Nowhere
The other side separates into larger openings as opposed to the original, narrow six entrances.
Spray paint cans left behind by previous artists are seen on the floor.
Evidence Left behind
Muddy water creates a natural barrier between the viewer and the artwork.
Bright colors in a dark environment
The smell of sewage adds another element to overcome within the storm drains,
besides the lack of light.
A close-up of the dividers of the grate above are tagged as well as the walls surrounding it. This
particular grate also acts as a light source in an otherwise pitch black environment.
My shadow appears on the ceiling as flashlights shine from behind.
Accompanied by my own Shadow
Down the tunnel, water drips loudly echo in a open area of tagged pillars, adding to the
other mysterious sounds heard from a distance.
Not just paint drips
Photography by dany haniff