It’s not easy to bring a different angle to photographing one of the most photographed cities in the world but Daniel Soares captures something a little different in the still buzz of New York after dark. While shooting the city by night is nothing new, Soares affection for the neon shop fronts that glow from street corners, cast as their own eerie yet attractive set, draws the imagination to the moment.

Wandering the streets at night, Soares attempts to capture a dreamy glimpse of the city that so famously never sleeps, staking out shop fronts and witnessing the strangers who linger. “People’s stories become part of the photo,” he says, “I often find myself asking, ‘What are they buying? What’s their life like? Why are they grabbing their cigarettes at midnight?”

Inspired by a love for the city and its night owls, his series Neon Lights is his love letter to the fairytale he discovers after dark.

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Images © Daniel Soares