22 Incredible Photos Of Ballerinas In Urban Cityscapes Of New York City
"There’s something romantic that comes from placing a dancer in these surroundings."
Photographer Luis Pons, a native of Washington Heights, wanted to combine the stoic beauty of ballet dancers and iconic New York City backdrops.
"There’s something romantic that comes from placing a dancer in these surroundings," Pons tells BuzzFeed.
"We dwell in all of these areas."
"For us, they're routine."
"Passing through on our way to work or coming home."
"Putting a ballet dancer in front of those backdrops forces us to pause."
"So we can reflect and look at these landmarks that we’re used to."
"And see them in a new light."
Pons says he came to photography during a particularly hard time in his life.
He came down with an illness.
Which he says morphed into a depression.
"I lost six months to a year of my life," he says.
"I picked up photography to cope and help me get through that time."
"I lasered into flamenco."
"And then ballet."
Next up the Dominican-American photographer is doing a beach series.
So how does his wife feel about him taking pictures of ballerinas all day?
"That subject came up," he says, with a laugh.
"I'm taking pictures of women but there’s a level of trust."
"Plus with iPhones these days she can find me."
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