I have always been fascinated by skyscrapers. Growing up in New York, I would look at them and wonder and marvel at the size and personality of each building.
Before I became a photographer, I worked as an electrician, which gave me a whole new appreciation and understanding of what it takes to build and maintain these buildings!
Now with my camera in hand, I love looking at them and seeing how the light hits them. Day or night, there’s always a play of light and shadows on them. Looking at the same building but on different days or at different times gives me a new look and a different perspective, creating a deeper connection with my subjects.
I chose to shoot in Black and White because it is timeless and goes to the essence of what’s in front of you. We are often too busy to enjoy the beauty around us. Slowing down in a fast-paced city like New York, I give people a chance to marvel as I do every time I walk down a street.
When Edwin showed me this architectural series, I was blown away. I knew him as a lifestyle and sports photographer, someone with high energy and always on the move. This work was the opposite of everything I had seen him do before!
No people, just the graphic lines of New York’s buildings. No action, just the endless play between light and shadows.
I love how strong and powerful the images are. You can sense the scale of the building – how big and tall they are. There’s hardly any curve; it’s all sharp lines, straight angles and geometric repetition. The choice of using black and white only accentuates the strength of the image as it removes any detail that could have distracted us from the imposing beauty of these buildings.
A Bronx, NY, native, Edwin Jimenez was a highly athletic and creative child growing up. He played music and sport and trained to be a professional baseball player. An unfortunate injury in the field had him refocus his energy on music and photography. He played in a couple of bands and started shooting live concerts.
One thing led to another and he moved into sport, lifestyle and portrait photography, shooting for clients such as the Weather Channel, Adidas, Oxygen Network, VH1, or Sony Music.
When he’s not traveling for jobs, he coaches baseball to kids and teens and pursues personal photographic projects, like his B&W series of New York architecture presented here.