Dasha Dare's street photographs of umbrellas reveal the beauty and transient moments of life

Dasha Dare's fascination with umbrellas began four years ago when she was exploring the streets of Manhattan, capturing the monochrome and colour beauty during various seasons and weather conditions.

Paying closer attention to these urban landscapes, the New York photographer started to pick out people carrying umbrellas and the theme for her ongoing series stuck. Dare's motivation was the act of observing and paying attention to the world around us in the worst weather conditions.

Every image here is an instant reminder for the viewer to always try and see a bigger picture, see the good in "bad" weather. As she explains, "It only takes one to lift an umbrella a little higher and slow down – with very little effort – to see beyond the boundaries of your own world."

Beautiful, sensitive, often in black and white and sometimes in colour, Umbrellas is a series that reminds us to embrace the here and now. Discover more of Dasha Dare's work at dashadare.com or follow her on Instagram.