Photographs of New York at night reveal a thousand personal stories behind its magical facade

© Nicolas Lepiller. All images courtesy of Nicolas Lepiller. Via Creative Boom submission

New York is magical during daylight hours. But when the sun sets, it takes on a new level of magnificence. One that French photographer Nicolas Lepiller has captured successfully in this illuminating series.

"New York, the city of superlatives, energetic, electric, fascinating," he says. "There's a strong temptation to get carried away by its frenetic rhythm, to run from right to left, to look up to the sky every two minutes in a continuous eagerness."

Lepiller spent many nights walking the streets of Manhattan, fascinated by what he discovered: "I saw people whose features I could barely see. Who were they? Where were they going? What were they doing here now? I realised that the more familiar face of New York was in the stories behind the people and their connection to the city. At night, this relationship is more serene, more vulnerable and more human at the same time."

Based in Montreal, Lepiller has been a photographer for over a decade, and his work focuses mainly on travel, cities and streets. "I particularly want to show local people in their environment and the magnificence of their city, the buildings, the textures, the lights at night or the colours during the day, in different countries around the world."

© Nicolas Lepiller

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