AS A KID, New York City at night felt like a whole other place. I fell in love with the way the city’s energy changed after dark. The air would cool, the pace would shift from focused to meandering, and the world would come alive with colorful lights. Though I didn’t get out after dark very often (the tragedy of early bedtimes), when I did, I got to visit places like Times Square and Fifth Avenue. Those nights felt like magic.

I think those early experiences are why I still feel a little sense of whimsy when I photograph in a city at night. When I travel, I make photographing nighttime cityscapes a priority. They introduce ...

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