Downtown L.A. seemed a natural hunting ground. “Looking up at the taller buildings, I realized I had a really visceral reaction to them—I felt dwarfed and unbalanced,” he says. “I decided to try to convey that vertigo through different angles and compositions.” Shooting handheld with his Canon EOS 5D Mark II, he removed the elements of city life around his buildings to focus on the lines of the architecture rather than its context. Later, reviewing his shots, he found that he preferred black-and white. “It complements the lines of the buildings, and it makes them look both classic and contemporary at the same time,” he says. It also creates moodiness in L.A.’s blue skies.