Viewfinder | Midnight

Johnny Pérez on capturing the city after hours.

“A girl wanders in the middle of the night. What is she doing alone in the Bowery at 3 a.m.?”

“I was fortunate that this man let me take his photograph during his much-needed break during a graveyard shift.”

“These breakdancers help blend street lights from above down below in this double exposure.”

“One summer, I saw a teenaged girl share her frozen yogurt with everyone that was waiting in line just because. It was one of the most beautiful examples of New Yorker camaraderie I’ve ever seen.”

“Seeing this man walking by reminded me of the Walt Whitman line ‘Passing stranger, you do not know how longingly I look upon you…'”


“El Cubano about to do the night. He definitely set the tone for the rest of the evening.”

“Watching the wheels turn as a man in a wheelchair tries to catch a bus.”

“Galaga lights up the streets in this double exposure.”

“As I wander towards Tompkins Square Park, this man pulls up to me, to let me know that his long night of deliveries has come to an end.”

Johnny Pérez is community contributor to The Local East Village. His photography can be seen here.