Ever since Hurricane Sandy and the recent school shooting, all we see, hear and discuss in the media is devastation. True, tragedy may ache still, and nothing gets resolved overnight. But I wanted to share something special with everyone on Pop!
 
Chilean photographer Julio Tapia began covering US Open tennis in 2004, two years after he moved to the Big Apple. Besides regularly photographing Roger Federer just feet away – in full disclosure, it is the reason we met! – Tapia has extended his reach beyond sports to artistic photography, specifically focusing on everything NYC.
 

“The camera became a part of all aspects of my life. I began to bring my camera everywhere and I started taking photos every day, of everything. I now specialize in taking pictures of New York City, its architecture and people. I strive to capture NYC life in all of its aspects from the seemingly ordinary to the famous and familiar and showcase them from my own perspective. My hope is that my emotions and passion for this city that I love resonate with people when they see my photos,” he says.

Take a look at his work to cheer up, and if you want to see more, visit JulioTapiaPhotography.com.
 
Central Park
 
Living legend Roger Federer at the US Open
 
New York’s skyline, from a very Sex and the City angle!
 
Times Square’s very own local celebrity, The Naked Cowboy
 
A model poses near the East River
 
What is NYC without football?
 
Or basketball?
 
NYC Taxis in their natural habitat.
 
Brooklyn is a huge part of the famous city’s allure.
 
Contrary to popular belief, you can really see the moon on a clear night!
 
The city that never sleeps does sleep…with the lights on.

Nicole Russin, also known as Richárde, is a bestselling chef, print journalist and beauty/editorial model.