10 Dramatic Photos That Capture The Intense Emotion Of City Life

Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
Jason Peterson has nearly half a million followers on Instagram. The reason his account is so popular? The photographer's black-and-white images of Chicago and New York City are hands-down some of the most gorgeous pics you've ever seen of either city — and they explore the rare moments of quiet and isolation that exist amidst the chaos.

Peterson, who spends his days as chief creative officer at branding agency Havas, was kind enough to share a few of his favorite snaps with us and provide some of the background on each dark, moody, and magical shot. Prepare to see the Windy City and the Big Apple like you've never seen them before!
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"This is is Derick Rose during a time-out in the first round of the NBA playoffs," Peterson says. "I was looking for a moment like this the whole game. Right as I clicked this, the Bulls' head of security slapped my camera and said, 'GTFO.'"
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"This is what 5:30 a.m. at the Bean is like," Peterson says. "Zero tourists, and the sun rises right down the center. I have shot the Bean too many times, but when it's empty, it's a pretty sick sculpture."
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"I love the roof of the World Trade Center train station in NYC," Peterson says. "So Kubrick."
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"This was a super-foggy day in Chicago," Peterson says. "I was actually shooting a Periscope tutorial when this guy walked into my shot."
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"NYC at the South Street Seaport," Peterson says. "I love back-lit shots. I was sitting on the ground for 10 minutes waiting for people to walk out of frame and a bike to ride through."
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"Navy Pier in Chicago, shot on a bright summer day," Peterson says. "When you push blue skies black-and-white and super high-contrast, the sky goes white. I love this look."
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"A train yard on 10th Avenue in NYC," Peterson says. "I had to jump a fence to get this. This is a 20-second exposure with my camera resting on top of a fence."
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"This is my good friend Todd Beee on his birthday last year," Peterson says. "We had lunch at Ikram in Chicago. This window is upstairs, and I love shooting people in it. His gold chain makes it!"
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"This is shot on my iPhone during a blizzard in NYC last year," Peterson says. "The light in the snow was so amazing. I was shooting the arch when a couple met under it; they kissed and walked away. My favorite shot of all time."
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Photo: Courtesy of Jason Peterson.
"Storm-chasing in Chicago," Peterson says. "This is from North Avenue beach during a big summer storm — actually shot on my iPhone with an app that triggers when lighting strikes."
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