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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."

1. Photographer Luis Pons, a native of Washington Heights, wanted to combine the stoic beauty of ballet dancers and iconic New York City backdrops.

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Eve Marinelli, 215th street, 1 train stop.

2. "There’s something romantic that comes from placing a dancer in these surroundings," Pons tells BuzzFeed.

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Dawn Gierling at Grand Central Station.

3. "We dwell in all of these areas."

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Bryn Michaels in SoHo.

4. "For us, they're routine."

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Melissa Chapski and Adrian Blake Mitchell at Little Red Lighthouse in front of the George Washington Bridge.

5. "Passing through on our way to work or coming home."

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Bryn Michaels in Bowery, New York City.

6. "Putting a ballet dancer in front of those backdrops forces us to pause."

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Anjelica Fellini at Wave Hill in the Bronx.

7. "So we can reflect and look at these landmarks that we’re used to."

Madison Jayne Cole at Columbus Circle.

8. "And see them in a new light."

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Sara Ezzell, student with Ellison Ballet, in Yonkers.

9. Pons says he came to photography during a particularly hard time in his life.

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Rachelle Di Stasio in front of at Lincoln Center.

10. He came down with an illness.

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Galen Bolard , Dawn Gierling and Madeleine Graber at Grand Central Station.

11. Which he says morphed into a depression.

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Adrian Blake Mitchell in Dumbo Park.

12. "I lost six months to a year of my life," he says.

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Ines Pz in Bryant Park

13. "I picked up photography to cope and help me get through that time."

Eve Marinelli, 215th street stop on 1 train.

14. "I lasered into flamenco."

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Flamenca Alice Blumenfeld in Wall Street.


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Glenda Sol in Dumbo Park, Brooklyn.

16. "And then ballet."

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Madison Jayne Cole in Central Park Arcade.


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Dawn Gierling, Galen Bolard and Madelaine Graber at Grand Central.

18. Next up the Dominican-American photographer is doing a beach series.

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Galen Bolard, Vanderbilt Park.

19. So how does his wife feel about him taking pictures of ballerinas all day?

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Galen Bolard, Vanderbilt Park.

20. "That subject came up," he says, with a laugh.

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Dawn Gierling, Central Park Waterfall.

21. "I'm taking pictures of women but there’s a level of trust."

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Jen Kuhl, Ansonia Building.

22. "Plus with iPhones these days she can find me."

Bryn Michaels, Bowery

For more from Luis Pons check out his website or Instagram.

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