I started photographing cityscapes in the late 1990s. I was always interested in light, shape and form, and New York City is rich in all of these. It’s my canvas and model. When I was 11, after my parents got divorced, my mother and I moved into the city with my siblings. I remember leaving the calm, suburbs of Long Island was a big transition—going from green to gray, and to find myself in canyons of the city that were overwhelming and exciting to me. For me, the city became a safe haven because my home life wasn’t. To find peace, I had to go outside my home, and so I spent a lot of time exploring the city.